New meeting of the UN Security Council on North Korea on Monday. Pyongyang last Friday launched a “ Hwasong-17 type monster missileintercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with unprecedented range in the presence of the wife and of the North Korean leader’s daughter. A few hours before this meeting, South Korea requested the “active cooperation” of China and Russia to prevent Pyongyang from carrying out new missile tests.
South Korea’s nuclear envoy Kim Gunn has spoken with the Chinese and Russian ambassadors in Seoul, the foreign ministry said in a statement, and asked them to help hold North Korea accountable for its “provocations”. “. “Kim Gunn called on China and Russia, permanent members of the Security Council, to cooperate actively and play a constructive role in order to prevent North Korea from committing new provocations and to bring it back to dialogue” , the ministry said.
North Korea has launched an unprecedented number of ballistic missile launches this year and Washington has been warning for months that it could conduct a nuclear bomb test, the first since 2017, at any time. The Security Council meeting was scheduled at the request of the United States hours after Kim Jong-un witnessed the launch of his ICBM, cable to reach the American continent.
The international community, including France, widely condemned this launch. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called on North Korea to “immediately desist from any further provocative acts” and to “fully respect its international obligations under Security Council resolutions”. In response, North Korea called him a “puppet of the United States”.
“A dangerous, illegal and irresponsible action”
“I express my deep regret that the UN Secretary-General observes a truly deplorable attitude, oblivious to the purpose and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and its very mission which is to maintain impartiality, objectivity and fairness on all subjects,” North Korean Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said in a statement quoted Sunday evening by the official KCNA news agency. Choe Son Hui believes that Antonio Guterres should also have criticized the joint military maneuvers regularly carried out in the region by the United States, South Korea and Japan, which, according to her, “have led to the current situation of confrontation on the Korean peninsula.
Calling on the UN Security Council to “respond appropriately” to this shooting, the European Union condemned “a dangerous, illegal and irresponsible action”. Also denouncing an “irresponsible” action, the G7 foreign ministers (Germany, Canada, United States, France, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom) called for “a united and robust response from the international community , including the need for the UN Security Council to take additional meaningful action”.
The Security Council has passed nearly a dozen resolutions imposing sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear and missile-firing activity since 2006. But any new sanctions are unlikely: Russia and China, which are critical of also the military maneuvers of Washington in the region, oppose their veto to any initiative in this direction.