The US has stated that it won’t call for an emergency UN Security Council meeting over North Korean missile testing, as there is ‘no value’ to the meeting.
US ambassador Nikki Haley has stated that a meeting with the UN Security Council would only succeed in telling North Korea that the UN is reluctant to seriously challenge it.
Ambassador Haley said in a statement that there would be no point in a meeting as it would “produce nothing of consequence”. As well as this, she said that North Korea is subject to many UN resolutions already that they “violate with impunity”, and subjecting it to another resolution would be “worse than nothing”.
The ambassador closed the statement by saying “the time for talk is over”.
This comes amid North Korean ICBM/Intercontinental Ballistic Missile testing, and Pyongyang has claimed that the missiles are now within range of the US mainland.
So far, the US response to the tests has been shows of strength, by executing joint military tests and flying B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula. These bombers were joined by Japanese F-2 fighter jets, along with South Korean fighters.
POTUS Donald Trump has slammed China for their lack of action towards North Korea, by tweeting: “I am very disappointed in China… they do NOTHING for us with North Korea… China could easily solve this problem!”
This prompted a Chinese response, and they held an Army Day parade just hours after Trump’s tweets, with Chinese state media portraying 12,000 soldiers, tanks, combat helicopters and nuclear weapons. China’s defence ministry however, stated “military parade planned, not related to surrounding situation”.
China’s President and Military Chief Xi Jinping, has been lauded, saying that China could “defeat all invading enemies”.
Xi Jinping continued, saying that “the world is not peaceful and peace needs to be safeguarded. Today, more than any time in history, we are closer to the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, and need to build a strong army.”