08 July 2017

News Story: U.N. Security Council fails to adopt statement condemning N.K. missile launch due to Russia's opposition

NEW YORK, July 6 (Yonhap) -- The U.N. Security Council failed to adopt a press statement condemning North Korea's test-firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile because of Russia's opposition, U.N. diplomats said Thursday.

When the Security Council met Wednesday to discuss the North's ICBM test, the U.S. proposed a draft press statement strongly condemning the launch and pledging to take "significant measures" against the communist nation.

The draft was circulated among the 15 council members, but was not adopted as Russia stuck to its claim that the missile the North fired Tuesday was not an ICBM, but a medium-range missile, according to the diplomats.

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