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United Nations condemns North Korea missile launch after Russia, US spar over words

21 April 2017

The U.N. Security Council has issued a strongly worded condemnation of the latest North Korean missile launch after the US agreed to Russia's request to include a call for "dialogue" with Pyongyang in the text. Such statements are agreed by consensus.

The attempted launch occurred a day after the regime of Kim Jong Un showed off a bevy of new missiles and launchers at a large-scale military parade on the Day of the Sun, North Korea's most important holiday. Pyongyang refuses to recognize this documents, saying that the country has the right to enhance its defense capabilities in light of Washington's hostile rhetoric.

The Security Council press statement expressed opposition to the missile launch and reiterated its stance on resolving problems through dialogue, Lu said.

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Commenting on this, Lu said that China has always believed that dialogue and consultation is the only effective approach to solving the nuclear issues and maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

The condemnation eventually agreed by the council included the words "through dialogue" and said the council was prepared to consider further sanctions.

The draft statement was submitted by the United States on April 19, but its adoption was delayed due to objections from the Russian delegation. Russia's United Nations embassy earlier said that the USA delegation tried to deviate from the standard wording and exclude the call for a peaceful settlement through dialogue.

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"We didn't block the statement".

On Sunday, North Korea attempted to launch another missile, but failed, according to the data of the USA air forces - the missile exploded nearly rights after the launch. It has said it has developed a missile that can strike the mainland United States, but officials and experts believe it is some time away from mastering the necessary technology, including miniaturizing a nuclear warhead.

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