Monday, 24 July, 2017

UN Security Council fails to condemn North Korea's missile test

Kim Jong Un North Korea Threatens America With 'Super-Mighty Preemptive Strike'
Howard Terry | 21 April, 2017, 00:25

The North Korean regime has recently conducted missile and nuclear tests, which the Trump administration sees as a provocation.

On Wednesday, US Vice President Mike Pence vowed that the United States would counter any North Korean attack with an "overwhelming and effective" response.

Tensions have escalated over North Korean moves to accelerate its arms programs, including developing an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach the United States and announcing that a declared priority is to develop a hydrogen bomb.

The North has said it has developed a missile that can strike the mainland United States, but officials and experts believe it is some time away from mastering the necessary technology, including miniaturising a nuclear warhead.

Days after Vice President Mike Pence concluded his South Korea visit and warned North Korea not to test the resolve of the U.S. military, Washington today said that "it don't want a fight and Pyongyang shouldn't play at this point".

The statement issued later Thursday by the council includes the language Russian Federation wanted.

So where can North Korea now hit with their missiles?

Council statements require a consensus among all 15 members. However, this time the statement reportedly dropped "through dialogue" from the draft, which Russian Federation had insisted it be included, according to Reuters.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis simultaneously denounced Pyongyang's latest missile launch attempt during his Middle East tour, telling reporters in Saudi Arabia that "the leader of North Korea again recklessly tried to provoke something by launching a missile".

"When we demanded to restore this "agreed wording", which is of great political importance, and expressed our readiness to continue working with the authors of the draft, the U.S. delegation scaled down the work on the document without explanation of reasons and said that Russia had blocked a statement for the press", according to a statement of the Russian Federation's permanent mission which was obtained by TASS.

There has been some confusion over the whereabouts of a USA aircraft carrier group after Trump said last week he had sent an "armada" as a warning to North Korea, even as the ships were still far from Korean waters.

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