North Korean Missile Tests Decried in Closed-Door U.N. Session

Global Security Newswire Staff
March 28, 2014, 8:01 a.m.

Mem­bers of the U.N. Se­cur­ity Coun­cil in a Thursday closed-door ses­sion re­portedly re­buked North Korea for its test earli­er this week of two bal­list­ic mis­siles.

Each rep­res­ent­at­ive at the power­ful 15-mem­ber U.N. body con­demned the fir­ing of the Ro­dong me­di­um-range mis­siles “as a vi­ol­a­tion of Se­cur­ity Coun­cil res­ol­u­tion[s],” Lux­em­bourg dip­lo­mat Sylvie Lu­cas, the cur­rent ro­tat­ing pres­id­ent of the coun­cil, said after the meet­ing was done, Re­u­ters re­por­ted.

Mul­tiple coun­cil en­voys said fur­ther dis­cus­sions prob­ably would be held next week on po­ten­tial new meas­ures against North Korea. An uniden­ti­fied West­ern dip­lo­mat told the news ser­vice it would “be an ap­pro­pri­ate re­sponse” to broaden the num­ber of North Korean en­tit­ies un­der U.N. sanc­tions.

Wheth­er the coun­cil de­cides to ex­pand the sanc­tions list will de­pend largely on China’s will­ing­ness to go along. Beijing on a num­ber of pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions has pro­tec­ted North Korea from Se­cur­ity Coun­cil pun­ish­ments.

Mean­while, U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray­mond Odi­erno on Tues­day told a con­gres­sion­al hear­ing that the ser­vice was “look­ing at the op­tions” for main­tain­ing de­ploy­ment of an an­ti­mis­sile sys­tem in Guam that could counter in­ter­me­di­ate-range bal­list­ic mis­sile strikes, the Pa­cific Daily News re­por­ted.

The Ter­min­al High-Alti­tude Area De­fense sys­tem was de­ployed to the U.S. is­land ter­rit­ory in spring 2013 dur­ing a peri­od of heightened nuc­le­ar ten­sions with North Korea.

Sep­ar­ately, South Korea, Ja­pan, and the United States have agreed to hold two sep­ar­ate tri­lat­er­al meet­ings in April to fo­cus on im­prov­ing co­oper­a­tion in re­sponses to North Korea, the Yon­hap News Agency re­por­ted. One meet­ing is to in­volve high-rank­ing de­fense of­fi­cials from the three coun­tries. The oth­er ses­sion is ex­pec­ted to in­volve the na­tions’ seni­or ne­go­ti­at­ors as­signed to a stalled mul­tina­tion­al pro­cess on North Korean de­nuc­lear­iz­a­tion.

Else­where, South Korean Pres­id­ent Park Geun-hye in a high-pro­file speech on Fri­day said Seoul was pre­pared to sup­ply North Korea with sig­ni­fic­ant eco­nom­ic as­sist­ance, if Py­ongy­ang would agree to sur­render its nuc­le­ar-weapons pro­gram, Re­u­ters sep­ar­ately re­por­ted.

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