UN fails to con­demn N Korean mis­sile tests

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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