Russia has Thursday, denied that it blocked a statement by the United Nations Security Council condemning North Korea of its latest missile test. It also accused the United States of breaking off talks on the statement in an ‘abrupt manner’.
“We didn’t block the statement. We are requesting to use the agreed language.
“We are ready to work on it and find a compromise, but the abrupt manner (with which) they stopped… I don’t know”, Russian charge d’affaires Petr Iliichev told reporters.
The proposed US-drafted statement would have demanded that North Korea “conduct no further nuclear tests” and halt missile launches after Pyongyang carried out a failed test on Sunday.
Russia reportedly wanted to include language contained in previous statements and resolutions stressing the need to achieve a peaceful solution “through dialogue.”
Diplomats who spoke on condition of anonymity appeared surprised that Russia would block condemnation that China, Pyongyang’s ally, had been willing to support.
The row between Russia and the United States came ahead of a Security Council ministerial meeting on North Korea slated to hold next week. The meeting will be chaired by US Secretary of States Rex Tillerson.
- Bola Kougbe