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Security Council expected to hold emergency
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Date : 2006-10-09 18:27:21                      Reader : 283
So to secure the world , UN must adopt a resolution dismantle of WMD peacefully through dialogue under UN umbrella. Condemnations will never end the problem. Also dual standard policy will never settle the crises. On law for all nations will serve peace and security of the globe.

Associated France Press (AFP) 9/10/2006

Security Council expected to hold emergency

meeting on NKorea's nuclear test

 

by Gerard Aziakou

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The UN Security Council was expected to hold an emergency meeting to weigh how to respond to North Korea's first-ever nuclear weapons test in brazen defiance of a UN resolution.

Hours after the communist state's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) announced a successful underground nuclear test, the White House Monday said that if confirmed the move would be a "provocative act" and called for immediate action by the UN Security Council.

Only Friday, the 15-member Council unanimously adopted a non-binding statement calling on Pyongyang not to go ahead with the test and warned of unspecified consequences if it did so.

The council has scheduled a formal vote for early Monday to nominate South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon as its choice to succeed Kofi Annan when the Ghanaian UN chief steps down at the end of December.

But the vote was bound to overshadowed by North Korea's defiant act. Diplomats had been expected the test this weekend and indicated that an council emergency meeting would be held in response.

A UN spokesmen said no meeting had been immediately scheduled but White House spokesman Tony Snow signaled a session was in the works. "We would expect the Security Council to meet (Monday)," he told reporters in Washington.

During negotiations over the council statement adopted Friday, Japan, which chairs the council for October, and the United States had pushed for inclusion of a threat to resort to mandatory sanctions, including an arms embargo and other trade and financial sanctions under Chapter Seven of the UN charter.

But in the face of opposition from China and Russia, the explicit mention of sanctions was removed although the text said a test "would represent a clear threat to international peace and security," which in UN parlance is often a trigger for mandatory sanctions under Chapter Seven.

Chapter Seven authorizes wide-ranging sanctions or even as a last resort military action to ensure compliance with council resolutions.

Friday's statement also urged North Korea to return immediately to six-nation talks on its nuclear program and keep to a September 2005 pledge to abandon it in exchange for energy and security benefits.

The North has since November boycotted the talks with China, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the United States in response to US financial sanctions.

Last week, US Ambassador John Bolton urged the council to respond to a test with punitive action going beyond the missile-related sanctions imposed on the North in a Security Council resolution passed in July.

That resolution was passed after the North launched seven missiles, including a long-range Taepodong-2 believed to be capable of striking US soil.

The North Korean test was announced just as Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun were meeting in Seoul for talks that had been expected to focus on finding a way to dissuade North Korea from going ahead with the test.

KCNA said the test "will contribute to defending the peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the area around it."

Last week, in announcing plans to test a nuclear device, Pyongyang cited the threat of sanctions and nuclear war from the United States, which considers the North part of an "axis of evil" along with Iran and Saddam Hussein's Iraq.

It said the nuclear weapons were needed for self-defence.


 
 
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