US urges UNSC to act to ‘punish’ North Korea over recent…

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Washington, November 5 (IANS) The United States has called on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to hold North Korea accountable for its recent provocative actions, including the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield also stressed on Friday the importance of fully implementing existing UNSC sanctions against the recalcitrant country, Yonhap news agency reported.

“Over the past week and a half, the DPRK has exacerbated an extremely worrying trend that we have seen all year; an increasing number of (missile) launches in flagrant violation of the Security Council resolution, destabilizing and threatening rhetoric and continued escalation,” the US diplomat told an emergency Security Council meeting in New York.

“The United States condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the DPRK’s 13 recent ballistic missile launches since October 27, but the DPRK’s latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, the seventh ICBM this year, is of particular concern,” she added.

DPRK stands for Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the official name of North Korea.

Friday’s UNSC meeting marked the ninth of its kind held this year to specifically discuss possible steps to hold North Korea accountable or end its continued provocations.

The previous eight meetings, however, came to nothing, mainly due to opposition from Russia and China, both permanent members of the Security Council with veto power and close neighbors of Korea. North.

Thomas-Greenfield claimed that Beijing and Moscow mocked the Security Council by bending over backwards to justify Pyongyang’s repeated violations of UNSC resolutions they helped put in place.

“I want to remind this council of our responsibility to protect global peace and security, to uphold a global non-proliferation regime and to uphold Security Council resolutions,” she said.

“You cannot abandon the responsibilities of the Security Council because the DPRK might sell you weapons to fuel your war of aggression in Ukraine or because you think they are making good regional butter in the United States,” he said. added the American ambassador.

The United States previously released information that Pyongyang was trying to “secretly” send significant numbers of artillery shells to Russia for use in Ukraine.

Thomas-Greenfield said the North has now launched 59 ballistic missiles in total this year.

“For a UN member state to so blatantly violate Security Council resolutions and all that the UN Charter stands for is appalling,” she said, referring to the North American missile launches. Koreans. “Equally appalling is the council’s deafening silence on this issue.”

China and Russia have refused to budge, instead blaming the United States and South Korea for provoking North Korea’s recent missile launches.

“The current events and root causes that have led to the current situation on the peninsula are clear to all. The DPRK’s recent launch activities have not happened in isolation and are directly related to the words and deeds of the parties concerned,” Chinese UN envoy Zhang Jun said at the council meeting. intermediary of an interpreter.

“The United States and the relevant country, after a five-year hiatus, have resumed their large-scale joint military exercises with hundreds of fighter jets involved,” the Chinese ambassador said, referring to the military exercises spouses of South Korea and the United States.

Russia’s UN envoy has joined in accusing the United States of being behind North Korea’s recent missile launches.

“We note with regret that recently the situation on the Korean Peninsula has significantly worsened,” said Anna Evstigneeva, Russia’s deputy permanent representative to the UN.

“The reason is clear; Washington’s desire to force Pyongyang to unilaterally disarm by using sanctions and exerting pressure and force,” she added, speaking through an interpreter.

–IANS

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