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China blocks UN's condemnation of North Korea

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[New York, April 8, 2003] Diplomats at the UN disclosed in New York that due to China’s opposition, the UN Security Council has not been able to make a statement to condemn N. Korea’s nuclear program.

Five UNSC standing members — the U.S., France, the U.K., China, and Russia will meet first in an effort to reach a consensus before the 15 UNSC members meet on April 9, 2003, to discuss the Korean crisis.

China has been refusing to attend the meeting, which would discuss the statement proposed by the U.S. to condemn N. Korea for withdrawing from the international non-proliferation treaty for nuclear weapons.

Wang Yingfang, chief of China’s mission to the U.N., attended the meeting on April 7, 2003, and expressed to reporters, “We hope that the UNSC will make a constructive response on this matter.” But he declined to make further comments. One diplomat at this same UNSC meeting privately disclosed that Wang was very unwilling to discuss the statement of condemnation on N. Korea.

China maintains close ties with N. Korea, and hopes that the U.S. will have direct dialogue with N. Korea without interference from the U.N. Consequently, N. Korea announced that it would only deal with the U.N. for the nuclear programs, and that any sanctions by the U.N. would be seen as declaration of war on N. Korea.

Three months ago, N. Korea announced that it unilaterally quit the international non-proliferation treaty for nuclear weapons. Later, the international energy organization submitted the Korean nuclear crisis matter to the UNSC. According to the rules, the UNSC has the authority to take economic sanction measures against violators of this international treaty.

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