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NEW YORK, January 18 (RIA Novosti) - Russia is ready to back a draft UN Security Council resolution on North Korea, expected to be put forward by the US delegation later in the day, Russia’s permanent envoy to the UN said on Friday.
“Our stance is that the North Korean launch was in breach of the Security Council resolution, and so the Council has to respond,” Vitaly Churkin said. “I expect [Russia] to support it.”
The document will possibly be adopted “early next week,” he said.
UN Security Council Resolution 1874 prohibits North Korea from conducting launches that use ballistic missile technology. North Korea launched a long-range rocket on December 12, saying it was intended for putting a satellite into outer space.
The international community has widely condemned the launch, which it believes was the development and testing of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) intended to carry nuclear warheads.
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- mikaelforsbergRemove the Resolution 1874 instead00:44, 19/01/2013The UN has many flaws and does not represent an international community in the sense of representing the people internationally, it is an old fashion colonialist construction hopelessly doomed in a modern world.
There is no reason for some countries to try keeping North-Korea in a less developed state concerning technology compared to most other countries.
The USA/NATO/Israel war-machinery is a lot bigger threat to the whole world than North-Korea can ever become.
I hope Russia only comply to what she has signed and nothing more, while trying to end sanctions against other countries whenever possible.
- jg(no title)03:20, 20/01/2013North Korea chose to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty so that they could have access to nuclear technology from other signatories (like Russia). However, under the terms of the treaty, signatories who do not possess nuclear weapons are not permitted to develop them. The treaty also requires that signatories who do possess nuclear weapons may only pass nuclear technology to other signatories - which is why North Korea joined.
North Korea was receiving nuclear technology under the terms of the treaty but were subsequently found to be developing nuclear weapons, in breach of the NNP treaty. This is why sanctions have been applied and why the UN have additionally forbidden them from developing ballistic missiles.
Apart from the continual threats to their neighbours, North Korea has been passing nuclear technology and materials to other countries (e.g. Syria and Pakistan). This is why the UN, including Russia and China, continue to pressure North Korea to comply with the various UN resolutions.
It would probably be better if the USA and South Korea stopped the flow of aid to North Korea which helps keep the despotic Jong Il royal family in power.
- Wolfgang9Hahh?19:51, 19/01/2013Is this in the interest of Russia? Really? Mr Churkin, maybe you should think again??
The growing outright rivalry between the United States and China gives Russia more foreign policy weight, enabling it to assume the role of a balancer. So far it has been doing so rather skillfully. Today it may participate in a joint naval exercise with China that Beijing positions as outwardly anti-American. But tomorrow it can team up with the naval forces of the Old World.