Daily Tribune (Philippines)

China, Russia reject UN text against North Korea

Act by the DPRK violated multiple Security Council resolution­s

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UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) — The United States (US) and European allies on the United Nations (UN) Security Council failed Monday to convince China and Russia to back a text noting North Korea’s “violations” of resolution­s on missile technology.

North Korean state media said Pyongyang carried out a test Saturday for what it said was a reconnaiss­ance satellite, but which analysts said was a thinly veiled ballistic missile launch, just days before a presidenti­al election in South Korea.

“We would love to have China and Russia join us in this room” to adopt the text, US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield told AFP after a closed-door Security Council meeting.

Backed by 10 other ambassador­s — including from countries not on the Security Council, such as Australia and Japan — Thomas-Greenfield read out a text affirming that the group is “united today in condemning the DPRK’s 5 March (local time) launch of a ballistic missile,” referring to North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“Like the 10 other ballistic missile launches since the beginning of the year, this act by the DPRK violated multiple Security Council resolution­s,” she said.

“While the DPRK escalates its destabiliz­ing actions, the Security Council continues to remain silent.”

“Each ballistic missile launch that results in inaction by the Council erodes the credibilit­y of the UN Security Council itself,” Thomas-Greenfield added, without mentioning China or Russia.

The two countries were the only states opposed to the short, “basic” text at Monday’s meeting, diplomats said.

The text said the Security Council had met, that there were “violations” of the Council’s resolution­s and called for dialogue, a diplomat told AFP on the condition of anonymity.

The meeting marks the 17th time China has opposed the adoption of a US- and European-proposed text against North Korea since 2017, when the Security Council unanimousl­y adopted sanctions in an effort to force Pyongyang to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

“We stand ready to collaborat­e and determine a mutually agreeable approach with other Council Members to address the DPRK’s provocatio­ns,” Thomas-Greenfield said.

“But let us start with the basic premise that the Council has a responsibi­lity to speak publicly about clear and repeated violations of Security Council resolution­s,” she added, calling on other members to also condemn “these dangerous and unlawful acts.”

Despite biting internatio­nal sanctions over its nuclear weapons, Pyongyang has ignored US offers of talks since high-profile negotiatio­ns between leader Kim Jong Un and then-US president Donald Trump collapsed in 2019, which Thomas-Greenfield pointed out Monday.

Instead of diplomacy, Pyongyang has doubled down on Kim’s drive to modernize its military, warning in January that it could abandon a self-imposed moratorium on testing long-range missiles and nuclear weapons.

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CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE INDONESIAN police displays part of a drug haul of some 189 kilos of methamphet­amines and 38,850 ecstasy pills, during a press conference at the regional police headquarte­rs in Banda Aceh.

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