Russian Federation vetoes United Nations statement on North Korea's missile tests

20 April, 2017, 08:56 | Author: Warren Cooper
  • US tells North Korea: We don't want a fight, don't start one

North Korea has conducted a series of ballistic missile launches in recent months in defiance of United Nations sanctions and concerns have been growing that it could soon conduct a sixth nuclear test after carrying out two past year.

US President Donald Trump said that he is willing to consider enforcing military action towards North Korea after its failed medium-range missile test last weekend.

In the proposed statement, council members expressed "their utmost concern" over North Korea's "highly destabilizing behavior" and again threatened to take "further significant measures".

According to The Mirror the video was shown at the Day of the Sun festival, a holiday celebrating Kim Jong-Un's grandfather, and was created to demonstrate the power and strength of the North Korean army.

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

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.

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US Ambassador Nikki Haley told United Nations reporters it was "up to North Korea to avoid further trouble".

Official sources from South Korea and the United States confirmed North Korea had attempted to launch a missile on Sunday, but had failed.

US Vice-President Mike Pence, on a trip to Asia, has repeatedly warned that the "era of strategic patience" with North Korea is over and on Wednesday said the US would meet any attack with an "overwhelming response".

"And, it's up to them to kind of see it". You know, the ball is in their court. "They shouldn't try to play it at this point".

"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. It is not a signatory to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, the global ban on nuclear explosive testing.

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