UNSC still meeting over rising tensions on Korean Peninsula

08:22, December 20, 2010      

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Sin Son Ho (C), the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) permanent representative to the United Nations, is surrounded by media personnel as he arrives for an emergency meeting on the rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula at the UN headquarters in New York, the United States, Dec. 19, 2010. The UN Security Council started the meeting behind the closed doors at around 11 a.m. EST on Sunday. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)



The UN Security Council is still meeting behind closed doors on Sunday afternoon after five hours of consultations on the mounting tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

The Security Council members began their meeting behind closed doors shortly after 11 a.m. EST on Sunday and heard a briefing from Lynn Pascoe, the UN under-secretary-general for political affairs, on the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Russia on Saturday called for an emergency meeting of the Security Council on the mounting tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

The Russian delegation has presented a draft statement to the other 14 members of the Security Council, hoping the UN body to adopt it in order to call on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea (ROK) to "exercise maximum restraint and to avoid any steps which could cause a further escalation of tension in the Korean Peninsula and the entire region," diplomatic sources said.

Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said on Saturday the situation on the Korean Peninsula "directly affects the national security interests of the Russian Federation." Russia shares border with the DPRK.

"We are seriously concerned about possible further escalation of tension on the Korean Peninsula," Churkin said. "We believe that the Security Council must send a restraining signal" to the DPRK and the ROK.

Source: Xinhua


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