The UN Security Council met urgently in New York on Tuesday, 29 August 2017, to finally ” firmly condemn ” the new ballistic missile launched by North Korea earlier in the day, overflow the territory of Japan.
The members of the UN Security Council have succeeded in displaying their unity in the face of Pyongyang’s attitude, although there is still some disagreement and the decisions taken so far have had little effect.
Although the United Nations took its first sanctions against the North Korean nuclear program more than a decade ago, tensions have been mounting in recent months. President Donald Trump reiterated Tuesday that ” all options are on the table “.
In the Council, China and Russia often hear different music from other members. But nowadays, North Korea’s increasingly frequent ballistics or nuclear tests are unanimously opposed.
New sanctions already voted
The fact that the shooting of Tuesday 29 August has passed this time over Japan, a first since 2009, particularly shocked the international community.
If the US ambassador to New York had warned that ” too much is too much “, and ” something had to be done “, the UN does not have many options.
New sanctions were already voted earlier this month against North Korea’s exports of coal, iron and fishery products, depriving Pyongyang of several billion dollars of income.
Objective common statement reached
Peking and Moscow had approved sanctions, not without long negotiations. But since then, the United States has also sanctioned companies and individuals Chinese and Russian accused of continuing to trade with North Korea.
And American President Donald Trump has developed a warrior rhetoric that worries. On Tuesday, Chinese and Russians did not deprive themselves of denouncing unilateral decisions, aggressive postures – implied those of Washington.
But the goal of a joint UN Security Council statement has nevertheless been reached, denouncing Pyongyang firmly and calling for a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution in the Korean Peninsula.