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Shocker: UN Divided Over N Korean Launch

From a sucker-punched Reuters:

U.N. divided on North Korea launch

By Jon Herskovitz And Louis Charbonneau – Mon Apr 6

SEOUL/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations failed to agree on a response to North Korea’s long-range rocket launch despite pressure from Washington and its allies for action, while regional powers weighed the extent of the new security threat…

Japan had called for the emergency U.N. Security Council meeting on Sunday. But the 15 members agreed only to discuss the matter further, diplomats said.

The United States, Japan and South Korea say the launch violated Security Council resolutions banning the firing of ballistic missiles by Pyongyang, imposed after a nuclear test and other missile exercises in 2006.

Council diplomats said China, the nearest North Korea has to a major ally, and Russia were not convinced the launch of what North Korea said was a satellite was a violation of U.N. rules. Three other countries supported this view.

"It’s 10 against five," one diplomat told Reuters…

Japan said it would keep pushing for punishment of Pyongyang through a new U.N. resolution.

"We feel that a Security Council resolution is desirable, so we will keep trying for that," Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone told reporters in Tokyo.

China and Russia have called on all sides for restraint. Both made clear before the launch that they would use their veto power to block any resolution imposing new sanctions on Pyongyang.

U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice and Japanese Ambassador Yukio Takasu both called for a clear and firm response and said they wanted to see a fresh resolution. Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yesui said any reaction must be "cautious and proportionate."

Washington and Tokyo want a resolution demanding stricter enforcement, and possibly expansion, of an existing arms embargo and financial sanctions.

The United Nations failed to come to any significant agreement on the North Koreans launching a UN prohibited rocket?

Gosh, we didn’t see that coming.

And we are truly mortified that our close friends in Russia and China would let us down so.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, April 6th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Shocker: UN Divided Over N Korean Launch”

  1. crosspatch says:

    But I will bet they have scheduled follow-on meetings and have their schedules blocked out for the next couple of weeks. This puts them in the media limelight and makes them all “important” and stuff. As long as they don’t actually do something stupid like actually resolve the issue, they can keep their pictures in the papers for months!

  2. proreason says:

    Obamy will now have to give Russia and China a stern talking to as well as North Korea.

    If they don’t shape up, he may have to make a speech.

  3. pdsand says:

    “China and Russia have called on all sides for restraint.”

    I find this particularly rich, as for the past 50 years, they have been the other side. ‘We are calling for restraint on our part’ just doesn’t make much sense as a public statement. It’s like I had a cousin who I went to play paintball with one time, and every time he would get in a fire fight, he would always yell ‘cease fire!’ to the other side, keep shooting himself, and then when they shot back, he’d yell, ‘I said cease fire dang it!’.

  4. Reality Bytes says:

    That round table @ the UN needs a bullseye drawn in the middle of it!

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