North Korea’s launch of a long-range rocket may have met with international outrage on Sunday but it has produced stalemate at an emergency session of the UN Security Council.
Divisions among the major powers over the drafting of a nonbinding statement resulted in a decision to meet again later. Japan, the US and South Korea, who believe the launch was a cover for a ballistic missile test, say it violated council resolutions and was a provocative act. But the North Korean regime of Kim Jong-il claims to have successfully put a satellite into orbit. Supporters of Pyongyang – China and Russia -subsequently blocked the UN statement. In 2006, North Korea was banned from carrying out atomic tests. Since then, aid-for-nuclear disarmament talks have stalled.