Thursday, August 25, 2016

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: UNSC to continue talks on N.Korea

Sourced from NHK World:

The UN Security Council has failed to come to an agreement on how to respond to North Korea's latest missile launch.

The Security Council held an emergency meeting on Wednesday at the request of Japan, the United States and South Korea, which have called for a stern response.

The closed door session followed North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile on Wednesday, apparently from a submarine. It travelled about 500 kilometers, and is believed to have landed in Japan's air defense identification zone in the Sea of Japan.

After the meeting, Council President Dato' Ramlan Bin Ibrahim of Malaysia said the majority of the members were critical of the missile launch. But he admitted that they failed to reach a consensus.

The Security Council plans to continue discussing how to respond.

On August 3rd, it held a similar meeting after North Korea launched two of what are believed to be Rodong medium-range ballistic missiles.

But the council was unable to issue a statement, as China and some other countries insisted they should avoid provoking Pyongyang.

It remains to be seen whether the council can take action on the matter, given China's stance.

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