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US requests a Security Council meeting to discuss the dangers of “provocations” in North Korea

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The United States requested Monday that a meeting of the United Nations Security Council be held this week to discuss the risk of North Korea’s “provocations” after its “recent missile launches.”

“In light of the recent events on the Korean Peninsula,” Washington, which chairs the Security Council throughout December, wants to have “a debate this week on North Korea,” a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

He added that this discussion should be about “the recent missile launches and the possibility of escalation in North Korea’s provocations.”

In addition, the American administration abandoned a request for a council meeting related to human rights in North Korea, due to a new tension between the two countries.

The meeting was originally scheduled for Tuesday.

After doubling short and medium-range missile launches in recent months that the administration of President Donald Trump has downplayed, Pyongyang announced on Sunday that it had conducted a “very important test” from the Suhai satellite site.

President Trump said Sunday that “Kim Jong Un is very smart and has a lot to lose, if his behavior is hostile.”

On Monday, Kim Yong Chol, who led the negotiations on the North Korean side until the Hanoi summit failed in February, ridiculed “Trump’s strange words and phrases”, calling him “an incoherent old man.”

Last week, Pyongyang attacked Trump for the first time since the tension in 2017, claiming it was concerned about “dementia,” as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un described it before their first meeting in June 2018 in Singapore.

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