UN strongly condemns North Korean missile launch after delay

UN strongly condemns North Korean missile launch after delay

UN strongly condemns North Korean missile launch after delay

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley circulated the missive in her role as president of the Security Council for the month of April. "We welcome that the Security Council was able to show unity in sending a very strong message - I think it was - that North Korea should stop nuclear tests, should stop missile firing", Bessho told reporters outside the council chamber Thursday. "They shouldn't try and play at this point".

According to the office of the Russian envoy to the United Nations, there was indeed disagreement over the draft statement, because the USA had failed to mention "dialogue" as the path towards settling the conflict over the North Korean missile program.

The council threatened to "take further significant measures including sanctions" to address the crisis of North Korea's missile launches.

Tensions have escalated over North Korean moves to accelerate its arms programs, including developing an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach the United States.

"We believe that it is absolutely essential. that everybody is involved in order to make sure that everything is done so that the threat represented by the development in relation to missiles and in relation to nuclear capability - not become a threat to the global community", said Guterres.

The Trump administration is focusing its North Korea strategy on tougher sanctions, possibly including an oil embargo, a global ban on its airline, intercepting cargo ships and punishing Chinese banks doing business with Pyongyang, Reuters reported last week, citing US officials.

They also emphasized "the vital importance" of North Korea "immediately showing honest commitment to denuclearization".

The U.N. Security Council has issued a strongly worded condemnation of the latest North Korean missile launch after the USA agreed to Russia's request to include a call for "dialogue" with Pyongyang in the text.

It also expresses the council's "utmost concern" about North Korea's "highly destabilizing behavior and flagrant and provocative defiance" of council resolutions.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will chair a United Nations Security Council meeting on North Korea on April 28 to discuss how the body can combat Pyongyang's banned nuclear and missile programs.

The U.S. had accused Russian Federation on Wednesday of blocking the council statement by insisting on including a previous call for "dialogue".

Whether agreement can be reached on a statement remains to be seen.

The disagreement with Russian Federation over the stronger language came ahead of a Security Council ministerial meeting next week on North Korea that will be chaired by US Secretary of States Rex Tillerson.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres separately said "everything" must be done to confront the threat from North Korea and ensure that its missile and nuclear programs do not pose an global threat. We've said it as clearly as we can possibly say it.

One diplomat said it was unlikely the Security Council would be able to resolve differences on the statement.

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