September 27, 2022

UN chief promises clear Security Council response to North Korean nuclear test

Remarks in meeting with ROK president come as China and Russia have blocked new sanctions on DPRK this year

U.N. chief António Guterres said Tuesday that the Security Council will respond clearly to any “provocations that threaten freedom and peace,” after South Korea’s president asked him to support a firm response if North Korea resumes nuclear testing.

Guterres provided the reassurance in a half-hour meeting with Yoon Suk-yeol in New York, though it comes as permanent members China and Russia have vetoed new sanctions on DPRK and blocked statements critical of its missile sanctions in recent months.