UN fails to condemn N Korean missile tests
THE United Nations Security Council failed to agree on a statement condemning North Korea’s launch of a missile that landed near Japan after China sought to include language opposing the American missile defence system in South Korea.
The United States had circulated a draft statement that strongly condemned the August 2 launch and expressed particular concern that the ballistic missile landed near Japan.
China proposed adding that “all relevant parties shall avoid taking any actions which could provoke each other and escalate tensions, and shall not deploy any new anti-ballistic missile stronghold in Northeast Asia with an excuse of dealing with threats of the DPRK nuclear and missile programs”, according to a draft.
US ambassador Samantha Power called for a “strong, swift response from the Security Council” following an emergency meeting last week to discuss the latest missile test.
Ms Power had said that the US agreement with South Korea to deploy the THAAD missile defence system was “purely defensive” and in response to North Korea’s drive to refine its capabilities.
China, Pyongyang’s closest ally, had sought to delete from the text a sentence expressing concern that the missile “impacted near Japan”.
Negotiations on the statement, which must be agreed by consensus, had reached a dead end. –