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China again rejects UN resolution on North Korea
Cat : WMD
Date : 2006-07-12 08:57:50                      Reader : 249

Why should US be allowed to develop WMD ? Why should Britain be allowed to develop WMD ? Why should Israel develop WMD also ?! Why should India develop WMD?! It is a big issue that need urgent action from UN.
Selective policy and dual measures will never provide peace and security of the world .


Associated France Press (AFP) 12/7/2006

China again rejects UN resolution on North Korea


by Cindy Sui

BEIJING (AFP) - China repeated its rejection of a proposed United Nations resolution on possible sanctions against North Korea, dashing US and Japanese hopes for quick action over Pyongyang’s missile tests.

A foreign ministry announcement here that the draft UN Security Council resolution was an "overreaction" came amid another flurry of shuttle diplomacy to address the crisis in the wake of last Wednesday’s missile launches.

French and British envoys in New York hinted that China had threatened to veto the draft resolution.

"When a permanent member of the Security Council says a resolution will not pass, things are clear," French Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sabliere, the president of the council for July, said, in a reference to Beijing.

On Monday, China circulated, as an alternative to a resolution, a non-binding presidential statement that calls for voluntary sanctions targeting North Korea’s missile and weapons of mass destruction programs.

The Chinese statement dropped language in the draft, however, which would clear the way for sanctions and, in theory, even military action.

Separate talks between North and South Korea, and China and the United States continued, meanwhile, as the council postponed its vote for a second straight day.

Washington’s ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, told reporters the Japanese and Western co-sponsors of the draft concluded that "we would again defer asking for a vote on our draft resolution this morning."

"We think that delaying a vote for one more day makes sense... I indicated yesterday we would re-evaluate this on a daily basis," he noted.

The draft co-sponsors said it would put off the vote pending the outcome of an ongoing Chinese mission to Pyongyang.

Chinese President Hu Jintao on Tuesday expressed his country’s serious concerns over the crisis and called on all parties to refrain from any actions that could inflame the situation.

The secretive state test-launched seven missiles last week in the direction of Japan, which has since pressed for a Council resolution that would clear the way for sanctions and, in theory, even military action.

North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister Kim Hyong Jun responded on Tuesday by accusing the United States of running a "massive" military exercise off the Korean Peninsula.

"At the moment the US is conducting massive military excercises in the waters off the Korean peninsula... with South Korea and Japan," he said in South Africa, where he is on an official visit.

"The latest missile launches are part of routine military exercises to increase our capability for self-defence," Kim said.

"Our military is involved in these missile launches as part of an exercise to contain aggressive threats from the outside and increase the nation’s military capability."

Late Tuesday the country appealed for cooperation from South Korea over the issue.

"Calamities do not stem only from within. They also come from the outside... We need to make best efforts to prevent calamities that may come from the outside," North Korea’s chief delegate Kwon Ho-Ung said as he met his South Korean counterpart for talks.

South Korea, maintaining its policy of engaging its communist neighbor while condemning the launches, agreed to the high-level talks in the port city of Busan. But it ruled out discussing North Korea’s requests for further fertilizer and rice aid, saying it will instead tackle the missile issue.

The volleys of rhetoric have been accompanied by intensive diplomatic efforts to resolve the standoff with Pyongyang, which has boycotted the six-nation disarmament talks since November.

The top US envoy on North Korea, Christopher Hill, returned to Beijing on Tuesday for the second time in a week, making another stop on a busy tour trying to muster diplomatic consensus.

"Obviously we are in a rather crucial period," he told reporters on arrival.

"The Chinese government has an important diplomatic mission going on, so we want to be in close consultation with the Chinese government," he said.

North Korea has announced it has nuclear weapons and the talks were intended to get the North, one of the most isolated and impoverished nations in the world, to abandon its atomic programs.

But an agreement in September to do that in exchange for energy and security guarantees was never implemented before the North began boycotting the talks less two months later to protest US financial sanctions.

Japan’s push for further sanctions over the missiles has also run into opposition from South Korea -- which, like China, often criticizes what it sees as a Japanese failure to apologize for its wartime behaviour in the 20th century.

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