By THE WASHINGTON POSTAUGUST 18, 2020 12:49:14The U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution on Friday that condemned North Korea’s ballistic missile launch and said it “violates the U.n.
Charter and the fundamental rights of the people of North Korea” and that it is “the responsibility of all nations to respond in kind to the violations and threats that Pyongyang has made against our people and allies.”
statement said, “This is not a test of strength or resolve, it is a test, an attempt to coerce the North Koreans into submission.”
The resolution was adopted after China, Russia and the U,S., were the only members of the Security Council to vote in favor of the resolution, which was approved by a vote of 38-0.
The United States has repeatedly expressed its concern about the North Korean ballistic missile test and has imposed sanctions on the North, but it has not been effective in curbing Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile program.
resolution also condemned “the reckless use of nuclear weapons by North Korea, its ballistic missile program and its leader, Kim Jong Un, in violation of its obligations under the United Nations Charter and international law.”
The North, the U., China and Russia have all vetoed previous resolutions aimed at forcing the North to abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.
North Korea has not responded to the U.’s condemnation.
The resolution did not specifically mention the nuclear test but said that the North’s “nuclear weapons program is in violation” of its commitments under the U.-N.
North Korea is not bound by the U-N Charter, but has ratified it.
The Security Council resolution also said that North Korea “has conducted numerous missile launches in violation and breach of its international obligations, including the UUN Charter, in the past.”
It called on North Korea to “immediately cease all activities that would violate the Charter, including its missile launches.”
The Security Forum, which the U and China are also members of, meets on a regular basis.
It’s a forum of the five permanent members of a United Nations Security Council, but only Russia and China can vote on its resolutions.
China has repeatedly vetoed resolutions that have demanded North Korea stop its nuclear and ballistic missiles program.