Russia-China blocked US efforts to ask the UN Security Council to act on North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test. Photo/Illustration
The US and its allies strongly condemned North Korea’s ICBM test during an emergency UN Security Council meeting. nonetheless, the UN Security Council did not take any action in response to the move due to opposition from Russia and China.
“The DPRK has acted with impunity in the face of inaction by the Security Council,” said a joint statement by the US ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, and signed by 14 countries, using the acronym for North Korea’s official name. Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Earlier in the meeting, the United States circulated a proposed presidential statement – a move under a legally binding resolution – condemning the missile launch and calling on North Korea to comply with UN sanctions that prevent Pyongyang from conducting ballistic and nuclear missile tests.
North Korea has conducted an unprecedented number of missile tests this year, amid fears it is preparing to test a nuclear weapon for the preceding since 2016.
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nonetheless, the declaration requires the signatures of all 15 UNSC members for adoption.
Russia’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN, Anna Evstigneeva, said the reason for North Korea’s increased aggression is Washington’s desire to force Pyongyang to unilaterally disarm by imposing sanctions and using force.
He cited recent U.S. military exercises with South Korea that included exercises on North Korean missiles and defense systems, as already facing Pyongyang.
The United States has stated that all military exercises with South Korea and Japan are defensive in nature.