Monday, 21 January, 2019

Russia Refuses To Banish Nuclear Weapons and Comply with United Nations Treaty

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Melinda Barton | 21 January, 2018, 02:39

After a meeting of US allies on how to beef up the sanctions pressure, Tillerson stressed that the Trump administration seeks a diplomatic resolution in the nuclear standoff, but he said the North has yet to show itself to be a "credible negotiating partner". It has also threatened to pull out of the UN Human Rights Council.

"From the ground-breaking verification protocols of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, to the invaluable work undertaken by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), verification builds confidence", he said. If Trump pulls the USA out, he said, the agreement "will fall apart". USA forces subsequently moved into the south. The meeting convened days after a mistaken missile alert caused panic on Hawaii, a stark reminder of the fears of conflict with the North.

It seems that Mr. President still wants to de-nuclearize North Korea, but it does not seem possible in this scenario.

"Clearly the failure of the JCPOA, especially as a result of one of the parties. would be an alarming message for the entire worldwide community architecture", Lavrov said at the Security Council. "[T] he president would much prefer to do this in alliance with every other nation of good will, to convince this guy that it is not in his interests", Kelly went on to say.

"I'd sit down, but I'm not sure that sitting down will solve the problem", he said.

Though the United States called off regularly scheduled military drills until the end of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and Paralympics in March, elsewhere they have trained for scenarios that seem tailor made for fighting North Korea.

"We're troubled by that", he said.

He replied that the United States had been in very close contact with the South Korean government and that South Korean President Moon Jae-in had spoken twice to President Trump about the overture that North Korea had made. Co-hosted by Tillerson and Canadian foreign minister Chrystia Freeland, it brought together 18 other nations:, including countries as diverse as South Korea, Belgium, Colombia, Greece, India, Italy, New Zealand and Britain. Why?

Kim knows his regime is vulnerable, but until now, he has been able to rest assured that his pacing of missile and nuclear tests would set the tempo of global relations and give his elaborate financial web time to adapt to new sanctions.

Starting from the first week of January, the Chinese Foreign Ministry summoned embassy officials of all 20 countries invited to the meeting, including Japan, South Korea and the United States, and lodged a protest separately, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The gathering, co-hosted by Canada and the US, had few concrete outcomes and was principally intended as a show of solidarity.

Lavrov said military communications between the USA and Russian Federation in Syria helped eliminate the caliphate that Islamic State extremists sought to establish.

Asked if the USA was losing global leadership under Trump, he said, "In today's world, leadership can only be a collective thing". Lavrov is in United Nations premises for high-level meetings at the Security Council. They are more forward-leaning than Washington in their calls for negotiations with Kim's government.

North Korea relies on imported fuel to keep its struggling economy functioning.

The respected 38North website said satellite images showed increased activity at the Punggye-ri site, with mining carts and personnel frequently visible and excavation waste piles growing. He said most interdictions to date have taken place in ports and have not required military action.

He expressed the hope that the Security Council can return to unity on the issue. It authorizes interdictions in a member state's territorial waters.