US scraps UN meet­ing on North Korea hu­man rights

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - WORLD -

UNITED NA­TIONS, United States: The US has dropped a bid to hold a UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil meet­ing on North Korea’s hu­man rights record af­ter fail­ing to gar­ner enough sup­port for the talks, diplo­mats said.

The de­ci­sion to scrap the meet­ing held ev­ery year since 2014 also comes as the US is seek­ing a sec­ond sum­mit be­tween Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

North Korea had writ­ten to coun­cil mem­bers last month to urge them to block the US re­quest for the meet­ing that shines a spot­light on Py­ongyang’s dis­mal record.

The US has, ev­ery year since 2014, gar­nered the nine votes needed at the coun­cil to hold the meet­ing, de­spite op­po­si­tion from China.

But diplo­mats said that only eight coun­tries sup­ported the US re­quest this year, with non­per­ma­nent mem­ber Ivory Coast re­fus­ing to bow to pres­sure to lend its back­ing.

China, which has strong ex­pand­ing ties in Africa, has ar­gued that the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil is not the venue to dis­cuss hu­man rights as a threat to in­ter­na­tional peace and se­cu­rity.

Bei­jing says it should be raised in the Geneva-based Hu­man Rights Coun­cil.

Ev­ery year, China has re­quested a pro­ce­dural vote but failed to de­rail the meet­ing due to the nine “yes” votes se­cured by the US. — AFP

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