Thursday, January 31, 2013

Korea, 10 non-permanent members elected to two-year terms, will take over the rotating presidency of the Security Council in February. Despite China's rejection of proposals by the US to add new sanctions, including the UN security council resolution 2087 the US sought to characterize the vote as a tough response. North Korea reacted swiftly and angrily to the resolution, threatening to accelerate its military advances, including nuclear weapons, and reject any effort to resume the six-party talks. Even China, at the moment, considers a nuclear test a much more grave issue than missile test. I hope that Korea can assist the Security Council in coping with any provocations by North Korea. As South Korea assumes the rotating presidency at the UN Security Council in February, Seoul will be able to set the agenda and convene meetings at the global security body.

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