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Moscow for ‘politically important’ dialog with Pyongyang

A US-sponsored draft of UN Security Council statement condemning Pyongyang’s missile test, which some media claimed had been blocked by Russia, was actually withdrawn by Washington after a wording disagreement, Moscow said.

The statement was to condemn the latest failed ballistic missile test by North Korea, but failed to get through the top security body on Wednesday, 19.04.2017.

“Russia is slowing this down, and it is not clear why,” an unnamed diplomat apparently familiar with the negotiations said to CBS News. “The US wanted to get the message out.”

According to the office of the Russian envoy to the UN, there was indeed disagreement over the draft statement, because the US had failed to mention “dialogue” as the path towards settling the conflict over the North Korean missile program.

“This wording is a quote from paragraph 48 of the latest UNSC Resolution 2321, which imposed sanctions against DPRK [North Korea] and was unanimously passed by the Council in 2016. The wording didn’t cause any doubts from the American delegation previously,” the says the Russian statement said.

Russia considers the mentioning of dialogue “politically important” in this case and insisted on including it in the statement.

This wording is a quote from paragraph 48 of the latest UNSC Resolution 2321, which imposed sanctions against DPRK [North Korea] and was unanimously passed by the Council in 2016. The wording didn’t cause any doubts from the American delegation previously,” the Russian statement said.

Russia considers the mentioning of dialogue “politically important” in this case and insisted on including it in the statement.

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