Entries in UN Security Council (6)


UN Security Council Condemns North Korea Rocket Launch

PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- North Korea's failed missile test has drawn new fire at the United Nations.

U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, speaking for the UN Security Council, said North Korea's rocket launch, though a failure, "caused grave security concerns."

“The Security Council demands that the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) not proceed with any further launches using ballistic missile technology,” Rice said.

With the support of China, the Security Council issued a statement that "strongly condemns" North Korea and warns of the possibility of new sanctions.

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UN Votes to End No Fly Zone Over Libya

ABC News(NEW YORK) – Now that Gadhafi is dead, the NATO bombing campaign in Libya is coming to an end.

The UN Security Council has voted unanimously to end the no-fly zone over Libya on October 31st.

Libya's new government had asked the Security Council to keep the no-fly zone in place to prevent any possible advance by Gadhafi loyalists, but diplomats said it is now time for Libyans to "own the process" of governing themselves.

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Russia Urges UN to Lift Libya No Fly Zone  

Doctors working at a local hospital join other protestors in calling for a no fly zone over Libya during a rally at a square by the sea side in the Libyan town of Benghazi on March 13, 2011. ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images(UNITED NATIONS) -- Friday afternoon Russia was planning to propose that the UN Security Council cancel the no fly zone it authorized over Libya in March, according to Security Council diplomats.
The Russians called a meeting of the Security Council for late Friday (delayed due to voting in the General Assembly on next year’s UNSC members) that would roll back the parts of resolution 1973 including the no fly zone and the ban on commercial flights to Libya.
No vote is expected Friday evening and, given the late hour, the council is likely to table it for discussion next week.
NATO has already said it will end operations over Libya at the end of the month, so Russia’s move is likely just a formality.

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Tough US Comments About UN Vetoes for Syria Resolution from Victoria Nuland

US Dept of State(WASHINGTON) -- At Wednesday’s State Department briefing, spokesperson Victoria Nuland continued the tough words for Russia and China following their U.N. Security Council vetoes against a resolution calling for an end to the violence in Syria. 

After the vote Tuesday night, Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., had stern language about the vetoes. 

“The United States is outraged that this council has utterly failed to address an urgent moral challenge and a growing threat to regional peace and security,” Rice said. “Today the courageous people of Syria can now see who on this council supports their yearning for liberty and universal human rights and who does not.”

At Wednesday’s briefing Nuland echoed those comments, saying the Security Council “failed yesterday” in addressing the “urgent moral challenge” in Syria.

She indicated that Secretary of State Clinton would say about Russia and China that “countries have to take responsibility for the decision that they made [Tuesday], and any implications it might have on the ground in Syria.”

Nuland emphasized that the Syrian opposition was “let down” by this vote, and that the U.S. plans to continue to pressure President Assad to step down. 

Nuland acknowledged that the resolution voted on had been watered down too much for the U.S.’s liking, saying,  “It didn't even include the teeth, the sanctions -- and even that proved to be too much. So that was extremely disappointing.”

As for Senator Lieberman’s calls for safe zones to be set up inside Syria, Nuland said that Syrian opposition leaders have said that they don’t want a foreign intervention.

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UN Security Council Finally Condemns Syrian Government

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- After months of silence, on Wednesday the United Nations Security Council officially condemned the Syrian government's violent crackdown of civilians who have been demanding an end to the authoritarian regime of President Bashar Assad.

While exact figures are difficult to verify because of a news blackout, the civilian death toll in Syria since March is estimated to be anywhere between 1,600 and 2,000, with as many 26,000 arrests.

The latest violence has occurred in the city of Hama, where at least 90 deaths have been reported in just a week.

As a result of this renewed assault, the UN Security Council adopted a presidential statement requiring the approval of all fifteen members who denounced the human rights violations committed by Assad's regime.

In Washington, White House spokesman Jay Carney stated that Assad was responsible for instability in Syria, adding, "We do not want to see him remain in Syria for stability's sake and, rather, we view him as the cause of instability in's safe to say that Syria would be a better place without President Assad."

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US and World Powers Meeting with Iran to Talk Nukes

Iran's chief negotiator Saeed Jalili at the conclusion of prior nuke talks Dec. 7. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ISTANBUL) -- On Friday the U.S. will join the other members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany for a second day of meetings with Iran to discuss its nuclear program. Similar talks took place last month. Undersecretary of State Bill Burns is again leading the U.S. delegation.
U.S. officials are setting expectations very low for this meeting, which is being held in Istanbul.
“These are small, incremental steps. We're not expecting any big breakthroughs, but we want to see a constructive process emerge,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters Thursday.
Earlier, the U.S. and its international partners had been expected to use this meeting to discuss a nuclear fuel swap offer with Iran, an update to a deal that Tehran initially accepted then rejected following an October 2009 meeting. Under such a deal, Iran would send its raw uranium abroad and would receive fuel for a nuclear reactor in return. Iran gets the fuel it wants for an energy reactor while the international community is assured Iran isn’t enriching that uranium further for use in a nuclear weapon. An updated offer would account for the fact that Iran has continued to produce uranium since October 2009, and so would include larger amounts of uranium.
Thursday, however, the State Department balked when asked if they would raise such an offer with Iran in Istanbul on Friday.
“I don't know if we're planning to bring it up. I think we're willing to discuss it,” Toner said.
“It would have to be some kind of updated arrangement,” he added.

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