UN Security Council condemns North Korea missile test

UN Security Council condemns North Korea missile test

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".

The statement agreed Thursday to demands for an immediate end to the North's nuclear and missile tests and threatens to impose new sanctions. "We welcome that the Security Council was able to show unity in sending a very strong message - I think it was - that North Korea should stop nuclear tests, should stop missile firing", Bessho told reporters outside the council chamber Thursday.

A North Korean missile blew up nearly immediately on its test launch on Sunday, the US military said.

Guterres said countries "on the frontline" of the crisis - China, the United States, Japan, South Korea, Russia - must spare no effort to prevent a military buildup from Pyongyang.

"Russian Federation blocked it", Rycroft said, expressing surprise at Russia's position and noting that Pyongyang ally China had been on board with the version pushed by the US on Wednesday.

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US Ambassador Nikki Haley separately stressed that the onus was on North Korea to prevent an escalation. "They shouldn't try and play it", she said. In a statement on its website, the Russian Mission to the United Nations asserted that the USA cut off negotiations when Russia proposed to reinsert language on dialogue.

A concept paper circulated to council members ahead of the meeting states that North Korea's "pursuit of weapons of mass destruction represents one of the gravest threats to worldwide peace and security the Security Council faces". Instead, it tested a missile Sunday, which was said to have failed.

It says the meeting will give council members an opportunity to discuss ways to maximize the impact of existing United Nations sanctions "and show their resolve to respond to further provocations with significant new measures".

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. We've said it as clearly as we can possibly say it. Council members can also "recommit to implementing all existing and future sanctions to maximize pressure on the DPRK to return to meaningful negotiations on denuclearization", the paper says.

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