Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Russia vetoes UN statement on North Korea's missile tests

Russia vetoes UN statement on North Korea's missile tests

The UN Security Council on Thursday strongly condemned North Korea's latest missile test and threatened to impose new sanctions against Pyongyang for its "highly destabilizing behavior".

Asked by CBS News if she considers ballistic missile tests to be a provocation, she said the USA evaluates North Korean action based on whether the country "violates Security Council resolutions, so they definitely have done that".

The proposed US-drafted statement seen by AFP news agency would have demanded that North Korea "conduct no further nuclear tests" and halt missile launches after Pyongyang carried out a failed test on Sunday. "I don't know", he told reporters.

"The members of the Security Council stressed that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's illegal ballistic-missile activities are contributing to its development of nuclear-weapons delivery systems and are greatly increasing tension in the region and beyond", the statement said. "The US wanted to get the message out".

The failed test last Saturday came amid a period of high tension, as U.S. apparently tried to pressure Pyongyang to forego its nuclear and missile programs under threat of military intervention.

"If we have to start looking at sanctions or other actions, we will", US Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters. "They shouldn't try to play it at this point".

North Korea, however, withdrew from the six-party talks aimed at the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula in 2009 and has shown no interest in returning.

"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 USA on Wednesday.

Diplomats speaking on condition of anonymity told The Associated Press that Russian Federation objected because a sentence in the draft expressing the council's commitment "to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the situation" dropped the words "through dialogue" that had been in previous statements.

"The U.K. supports that, 14 members of the Security Council support that".

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres separately said "everything" must be done to confront the threat from North Korea and ensure that its missile and nuclear programs do not pose an worldwide threat.

Haley the UN Security Council's current president.

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