- Defense & Security
UNSC Fails to Act in Unison over N. Korea’s Satellite Launch
17:36 JST, November 28, 2023
NEW YORK (Jiji Press) — The U.N. Security Council at an emergency meeting Monday failed to take concerted action against North Korea’s recent launch of a military reconnaissance satellite due to opposition by China and Russia.
Of the 15 members of the powerful U.N. body, 13 countries, including Japan and the United States, criticized Pyongyang’s satellite launch Tuesday using ballistic missile technology as a violation of relevant Security Council resolutions, while China and Russia came to the defense of North Korea.
At the meeting, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said a North Korean reconnaissance satellite has been confirmed in orbit around Earth.
She then said North Korea “is unabashedly trying to advance its nuclear weapons delivery systems by testing ballistic missile technology in clear violation of this Council’s resolutions.”
Kimihiro Ishikane, Japan’s ambassador to the United Nations, said, “We should not be deceived by any attempt to justify North Korea’s ambition to pursue unlawful weapons of mass destruction programs.” He urged the Security Council to be united on nonproliferation matters.
Most participants of the meeting called for the Security Council to take action against North Korea’s violations.
Concerns were also raised that Russia may have provided technology to North Korea in exchange for receiving weapons used for the invasion of Ukraine. A representative of Russia denied such an allegation, saying that the country abides by its international obligations, and blamed the United States for escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
"Politics" POPULAR ARTICLE
Japan, U.S., South Korea Swiftly Share Radar Info for First Time, Letting Japan Track North Korean Missile More Quickly
China Deploys Multiple Warships Around Self-Claimed ADIZ
U.S. Warned Japan of China’s Hacking of Official Diplomatic Telegram System; Reinforcing Cybersecurity Key Concern
4 Chinese Warships Deployed Around Taiwan, Sources Say; Believed Ships Will Collaborate with Other Warships in East China Sea
Prime Minister Kishida to Meet Kenyan President William Ruto in Tokyo; Plans to Expand Bilateral Cooperation in Defense
JN ACCESS RANKING
- Japan Business Delegation, Chinese Premier Li Meet; Both Sides Tout Importance of Bilateral Economic Ties
- Japan Eyes 45 B. Yen in Aid for Optical Semiconductors
- Japan’s Job Availability Ratio Rises for 2nd Straight Year
- North Korean Workers in China Riot over Unpaid Wages; 2,000 Occupy Factory, Kill Plant Manager
- Business, Labor Leaders Reaffirm Vow to Raise Wages in Shunto Talks