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Russia, US in spat over United Nations condemnation of N. Korea

Russia, US in spat over United Nations condemnation of N. Korea

Russian Federation today denied that it had blocked UN Security Council condemnation of North Korea's latest missile test. - Reuters picNEW YORK, April 20 - Russian Federation today denied that it had blocked UN Security Council condemnation of North Korea's latest missile test and accused the United States of breaking off talks on an statement in an "abrupt manner".

North Korea said in February that it had successfully tested a new type of medium- to long-range ballistic missile, the Pukguksong-2, propelled by a solid-fuel engine. It has conducted five so far, and last week analysts warned that the country's nuclear test site was "primed and ready" for a sixth.

"When we requested to restore the agreed language that was of political importance and expressed commitment to continue to work on the draft. the USA delegation without providing any explanations cancelled the work on the draft", the Russian UN mission said in a statement.

North Korea's state television aired a show which ended with a mock-up video of missiles engulfing the United States in flames. That approach has failed in the past because China has long seen any potential solutions as worse for its security than the status quo. Last week, it used its veto power to block an attempt to condemn the killing of dozens of people in a suspected Syrian chemical attack. For its part, China fears a collapse of the government might prompt an influx of millions of refugees and - in the event of South Korea absorbing its neighbour- create a well-armed United States ally straddling its border.

She said that she wanted Pyongyang to see that the United States was not an aggressor.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday the United States is looking at ways to bring pressure to bear on North Korea over its nuclear programme, including whether Pyongyang should have been removed from a US list of state sponsors of terrorism. Kim received a possible boost in early 2017: South Korean President Park Geun-hye, who favoured strong action against his regime, was removed from office and a leading candidate to succeed her said he would hold direct talks with Kim. But he told the sailors, "as all of you know, readiness is the key". North Korea, which is thought to have six to 20 warheads, describes its weapons as a "precious sword of justice" against invaders and points out the demise of Iraqi and Libyan regimes after they gave up on nuclear arms.


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