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[UPDATE] UN Fails to Reach Agreement on Koreas

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

[UPDATE] 12-19 9:00 PM --

The U.N. Security Council has failed to agree on a statement to address rising tensions on the Korean peninsula.

U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice said the United States and other council members demanded that the council condemn North Korea for two deadly attacks this year that have helped send relations to their lowest point in decades. But diplomats said China strongly
objected.

After eight hours of closed-door consultations Sunday, Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, who called the emergency council meeting, told reporters "we were not successful in bridging all the bridges."

Although some countries still need to consult capitals, Rice said "the gaps that remain are unlikely to be bridged."
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[UPDATE] 12-19 8:36 PM --

U.N. Security Council fails to agree on statement on rising tensions on the Korean peninsula.
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[UPDATE] 12-18 11:00PM --

Russia's U.N. ambassador says Moscow called for an emergency Security Council meeting because of escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Vitaly Churkin said the Russian government believes the Security
Council must send "a restraining signal" to North Korea and help
launch diplomatic actions to resolve all disputes between North
Korea and South Korea.

Churkin expressed regret that the council meeting wasn't held
immediately on Saturday. Mark Kornblau, spokesman for the U.S.
Mission, said the meeting was scheduled for Sunday to meet requests of other council members for time to consult their capitals.
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UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. Security Council has scheduled an
emergency meeting for Sunday on North Korea at Russia's request.

Mark Kornblau, spokesman for the U.S. Mission to the United
Nations, said Saturday the council will hold closed-door
consultations at 11 a.m. EST (1600 GMT). The United States holds
the council's rotating presidency this month.

Russia has expressed concern about escalating tensions on the
divided Korean Peninsula. South Korea has announced plans to hold
military exercises on a border island shelled by North Korea last
month.


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