October 03, 2023

14 countries condemn North Korean ICBM launch amid UN Security Council inaction

US accuses Russia and China of ‘blatant obstructionism’ after council fails to agree to joint statement of condemnation

The U.N. Security Council (UNSC) met on Monday to discuss North Korea’s latest launch of its largest-ever intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the Hwasong-17, but once again did not reach an agreement on a unified response.

In lieu of a UNSC consensus, 14 nations issued a statement condemning the launch, while the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. again took aim at what she called “blatant obstructionism” from China and Russia.