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US continues to inflame tensions on Korean Peninsula

The United States continues to escalate tensions in Northeast Asia after North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) last week. Washington is using this situation to further demonize China and Russia and to justify its rapidly expanding militarization of the Indo-Pacific region.

The 15-member UN Security Council met in New York on Monday at Washington’s insistence and used its platform to denounce Beijing and Moscow while proposing further measures to isolate North Korea. In addition to five countries and ten non-permanent members, South Korea, which is not included in the non-permanent members, also participated in the meeting.

US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas Greenfield (center) makes a statement on North Korea’s missile launch after a meeting of the Security Council on Monday, November 21, 2022. [AP Photo/Seth Wenig]

US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas Greenfield called on the Security Council to pass a formal presidential statement condemning North Korea. After the meeting, 14 countries (including eight members of the Security Council), led by the United States, issued a joint statement condemning the latest missile launch as a “clear threat to international peace and security.”

During the conference, Thomas Greenfield referred to Beijing and Moscow, arguing that “two veto-wielding members of the Council are enabling and encouraging North Korea.” [North Korea]” She continued, ”They allowed the regime to begin this latest reckless missile test, which endangered the lives of Japanese civilians and unnecessarily increased tensions in the region. These two men’s blatant sabotage endangers the Northeast Asian region and the entire world.”

North Korea launched what is reported to be a Hwasong-17 ICBM last Friday, with Japan claiming it landed in its exclusive economic zone in the Sea of ​​Japan west of Hokkaido. According to Japan’s Defense Minister Hamada, the missile was launched in a lofted trajectory and could hit the mainland United States.

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