The United States on Monday denounced the Security Council’s “forced silence” and “dangerous” inaction following North Korea’s recent missile launches. Washington accuses Russia and China of acting as a shield for Pyongyang.
The US ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, reiterated her displeasure at the vetoes that China and Russia issued last May against a resolution imposing new sanctions on North Korea. ,, Two permanent members (of the UN Security Council, Ed.) forced us to silence, despite the repeated violations by North Korea, ” she said.
”In this crucial issue, silence leads to futility, ” she added at an emergency Security Council meeting after North Korea fired missiles again in recent days.
“The reality is that those who protect North Korea from the effects of these missile tests are putting Asia and the world at risk,” he said. As a result, North Korea will develop and test even more weapons, Thomas-Greenfield believes.
North Korea again fired ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan on Monday, after it had already fired one such missile on Saturday.
Kim Yo-jong, the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, also warned on Monday that the Pacific will be able to act more often as a “shooting range” if North Korea believes that the country’s security is at risk. Tensions in the region are further heightened by this remark.
On Friday, North Korea threatened an “unprecedentedly harsh response” after it became known that South Korea and the United States will hold new military exercises next week. These are intended to better respond to the growing nuclear threat posed by North Korea. The US and South Korea agreed last year to hold such exercises annually. This is going to happen for the first time. North Korea sees the military exercises as a ” preparation for war.”
Kim Yo-jong said on Monday that the North Korean government is “well aware” of the movement of US troops around the Korean Peninsula and that it is ” carefully studying the impact that this may have on the security of our state.” She warned that North Korea will take “corresponding countermeasures” if it believes there is ” a direct or indirect threat.”
Last year, North Korea fired a record number of missiles. According to the South Korean news agency Yonhap, in 2022 it was more than seventy launches.
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