The UN Security Council has delayed a vote threatening sanctions against North Korea for firing missiles. The postponement gives a high-level Chinese delegation visiting Pyongyang a chance to make progress with talks.
The US Ambassador to the UN is John Bolton:
“We felt it was important for the spotlight to remain on Pyongyang and to highlight this Chinese diplomatic mission and give it a chance of success,” he said.
Japan, which drafted the resolution, is prepared to wait – but only for a time, as its UN ambassador made clear.
“We have decided not to press it for a vote and decided to wait just for a short while,” said Kenzo Oshima.
Beijing, a traditional ally of North Korea and its leader Kim Jong-il, has submitted its own draft Security Council statement, fearing the rival resolution from Japan could pave the way for military action. North Korea test-fired seven missiles last week, giving rise to international concern.