Russia Blocks US-Drafted UN Statement Condemning North Korea Tests

  • Russia Blocks US-Drafted UN Statement Condemning North Korea Tests

Russia Blocks US-Drafted UN Statement Condemning North Korea Tests

The state's mouth-piece added the hermit kingdom was fully prepared for any attacks by the US.

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".

Pyongyang is seeking to develop a long-range missile capable of hitting the United States mainland with a nuclear warhead, and has so far staged five nuclear tests, two of them previous year. Experts, however, believe that Pyongyang requires more time to master the necessary technology.

Two days earlier, Pence took part in some unscheduled mean-mugging at North Korea, stepping outside of the South Korean Freedom House to look across the demilitarized zone.

South Korea's Defense Ministry also confirmed on Thursday that the US and South Korean Air Forces are conducting an annual training exercise - codenamed Max Thunder - until April 28.

The proposed statement on April 19 would have demanded that North Korea "conduct no further nuclear tests" and halt missile launches after Pyongyang carried out a failed test over the weekend. China supports the statement, but Russian Federation on Wednesday (19 April) has raised objections.

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The statement wanted the United Nations demands North Korea conducts no further tests.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis simultaneously denounced Pyongyang's latest missile launch attempt during his Middle East tour, telling reporters in Saudi Arabia that "the leader of North Korea again recklessly tried to provoke something by launching a missile".

The US-drafted statement was agreed upon after Russian Federation insisted that language stressing the need to achieve a peaceful solution "through dialogue" was included in the final text.

According to Russia's Permanent Mission to the United Nations, on Wednesday, the USA delegation scaled down the work on the document, refusing to include the call for a settlement of the situation on the Korean peninsula through dialogue in it.

"When we requested to restore the agreed language that was of political importance and expressed commitment to continue to work on the draft. the USA delegation without providing any explanations cancelled the work on the draft", the Russian UN mission said in a statement.