Alwaght- Russia has denied Western media reports that it vetoed a US-sponsored draft of UN Security Council statement condemning North Korea's missile test.
Some Western media claimed that the resolution had been blocked by Russia while the fact is that it was actually withdrawn by the US after a wording disagreement.
The statement was to condemn the latest failed ballistic missile test by North Korea, but failed to get through the top world security body on Wednesday.
According to the office of the Russian envoy to the UN, there was indeed disagreement over the draft statement, because the US had failed to mention “dialogue” as the path towards settling the conflict over the North Korean missile program.
“This wording is a quote from paragraph 48 of the latest UNSC Resolution 2321, which imposed sanctions against DPRK [North Korea] and was unanimously passed by the Council in 2016. The wording didn’t cause any doubts from the American delegation previously,” the Russian statement said.
Russia considers the mentioning of dialogue “politically important” in this case and insisted on including it in the statement.
“The US delegation stopped the work on the document without any explanation and claimed to the media that Russia had ‘blocked’ it,” the Russian delegation said.
The failed test last Saturday came as tensions between Washington and Pyongyang continue to spiral out of control. The US is trying to pressure North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile programs or else face military action.
The attempt of the missile test was made amid the celebration of the anniversary of birth of North Korea’s founding leader Kim Il-sung. A large-scale military parade was held in Pyongyang. According to analysts, during that parade a submarine launched ballistic missile was shown for the first time.
North Korea has warned of “catastrophic consequences” in response to any further provocations by the US.
Over 28,500 US troops, sailors, airmen and Marines are based in neighboring South Korea and are a a major source of tensions in the Korean Peninsula. The large number of troops and a fleet of US warships circling the region are a pointer to Washington’s policy of provoking other countries in the volatile region especially North Korea.
Pyongyang says developing its military defenses including nuclear weapons is important to deter possible US aggression.