UN Security Council ‘silence’ on North Korea missiles ‘dangerous’, US says

SpaceWar.com reports: “The United States on Monday denounced a ‘dangerous’ lack of action by the UN Security Council on North Korea’s missile launches, accusing — but not naming — China and Russia of having ‘forced’ the body ‘into silence.’

The reclusive North Korean state test-fired dozens of missiles in 2022, setting security postures in East Asia on edge. It fired two ballistic missiles Monday, 48 hours after it test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile.

‘In the face of unprecedented launches last year, two permanent members forced us into silence in spite of countless DPRK (North Korean) violations,’ Washington’s UN Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said, referring to vetoes by China and Russia last May of a resolution that would have imposed new sanctions against Pyongyang.

‘On this vital matter, silence leads to irrelevance,’ she added at an emergency meeting of the Security Council. The 15-member panel’s ‘lack of action is worse than shameful. It is dangerous,’ Thomas-Greenfield warned, saying the ‘repeated failures to respond emboldens the DPRK,’ the official acronym for North Korea, to conduct such destabilizing launches without fear of consequences…”

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