Linda Thomas-Greenfield: US UN Ambassador Condemns North Korea Missile Launches, Security Council Inaction



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The US ambassador to the United Nations on Friday condemned North Korea’s missile launches and the UN Security Council’s lack of action to counter them as “appalling”.

Speaking at a UN Security Council meeting on the issue, Linda Thomas-Greenfield said Pyongyang had launched a “tremendous” 59 missiles in 2022.

“For a UN member state to so flagrantly violate Security Council resolutions and everything the UN Charter stands for is appalling,” he said.

“The Council’s deafening silence on this issue is equally appalling,” Thomas-Greenfield said.

The US ambassador stated that “Thirteen Council members have united to condemn the illegal actions of the DPRK since the beginning of the year” and “They have voted together to impose costs that would prevent the DPRK from pursuing weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles.” while seeking new ways to improve humanitarian assistance to the country’s citizens,” using the acronym for North Korea’s official name: the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“The DPRK, however, has had the full support of two members of this Council,” Thomas-Greenfield said. Although he did not name them, the allegations were clearly aimed at Russia and China.

“These members have gone backwards to justify repeated violations of RPEK,” he said. “And at the same time, they have enabled the DPRK and made a mockery of this Council.”

“You can’t ignore the responsibilities of the Security Council because the DPRK can sell weapons to fuel your war of aggression in Ukraine, or because you think they make a good regional buffer for the United States,” he said in a blow to Moscow. and Beijing.

A senior US administration official told CNN that Washington had been “very clear with China about its concerns about the DPRK and its programs and its destabilizing behavior.”

“We are very clear with China, as a member of the P5, as a country that voted for the sanctions, that it is critical to enforce them. We have been very clear with China about our policy, including our desire to compromise,” they said.

“Our view is that China should take steps to use its influence to try to fulfill the will of the DPRK Security Council, the international community. It should use its influence to encourage the DPRK to stop its unstable, provocative and illegal behavior, and it should use its influence to encourage the DPRK to engage in serious diplomacy” , the official told CNN.

“If China says anything or takes any action it will be very significant,” they added.

In remarks to the Security Council on Friday, Thomas-Greenfield said the US had “communicated a request to the DPRK for dialogue at all levels of our government”.

“Despite Pyongyang’s lack of engagement, we will continue to seek meaningful talks,” he said.

According to the senior administration official, the Biden administration has repeatedly tried to reach out directly to North Korea, but Pyongyang “has not responded meaningfully.”

Attempts at compromise have been through various channels, including private bilateral channels, third parties and public messages, the official said.

The official declined to provide further details, citing the sensitivity of the communications, and would not say whether US messages had been relayed from the US in response to North Korea’s multiple missile launches in recent days.

However, they told CNN: “You can expect, on a very regular basis, that we’ve made clear our desire to talk.”

The official said what Pyongyang has done and “makes it clear that they are not interested in diplomacy.”

The administration is “highly confident” that the messages are being delivered to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “for a number of reasons, not the least of which is making public mention of their refusal to talk to us,” the official said.

“This is not something that we’re asking, gee, is our message getting through or are they getting through? We are very sure because we have seen Kim Jong Un himself refer to our efforts to seek dialogue and diplomacy,” they added.

The official would not say whether there is a scenario in which the United States would stop seeking dialogue without preconditions.

“We think very fundamentally that it’s very important to have a conversation, and we need to find ways to understand what they’re looking for and tell them what they’re looking for, and let us tell them what we’re looking for and see if there’s a way forward,” said the manager. “This is ultimately the decision to refuse to initiate the process.”