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US fails to get China to back UN text against North Korea

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The United States and European allies on the United Nations Security Council failed Monday to convince China and Russia to back a text noting North Korea’s “violations” of resolutions on missile technology.

North Korean state media said Pyongyang carried out a test Saturday for what it said was a reconnaissance satellite, but which analysts said was a thinly-veiled ballistic missile launch, just days before a presidential election in South Korea.

“We would love to have China and Russia join us in this room” to adopt the text, US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield told AFP after a closed-door Security Council meeting.

Backed by 10 other ambassadors — including from countries not on the Security Council, such as Australia and Japan — Thomas-Greenfield read out a text affirming that the group is “united today in condemning the DPRK’s March 5 (local time) launch of a ballistic missile,” referring to North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“Like the 10 other ballistic missile launches since the beginning of the year, this act by the DPRK violated multiple Security Council resolutions,” she said.

“While the DPRK escalates its destabilizing actions, the Security Council continues to remain silent.

“Each ballistic missile launch that results in inaction by the Council erodes the credibility of the UN Security Council itself,” Thomas-Greenfield said, without mentioning China or Russia.

The two countries were the only ones opposed to the short, “basic” text at Monday’s meeting, diplomats said.

The text said the Security Council had met, that there were “violations” of the Council’s resolutions and called for dialogue, a diplomat told AFP on the condition of anonymity.

The meeting marks the 17th time China has opposed the adoption of a US- and European-proposed text against North Korea since 2017, when the Security Council unanimously adopted sanctions in an effort to force Pyongyang to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

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