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UN Security Council holds session over N. Korea's missile tests Updated: 2019-12-12 04:59:29 KST

The UN Security Council is meeting in New York, as we speak, to discuss North Korea's recent missile currently holding a meeting in New York to discuss North Korea's recent missile tests.
Today's UNSC meeting was convened at the request of the United States - the first time it's called for a Security Council meeting on North Korea since Pyongyang restarted the test-firing of short-range ballistic missiles in May.
Our Kan Hyeong-woo is live on the line.
Hyeong-woo, we hear they have just taken a break, but the meeting is still ongoing.
Could it be a sign of a toughening U.S. stance toward the North.

Conn-young, the Security Council meeting began about two hours ago at 3 PM local time at the UN headquarters in New York.
As you said, today's session was requested by the U.S. this week and here is the U.S. Ambassador to the UN speaking before the meeting.

"Yet while the United States has sought to engage in robust diplomacy with the DPRK, we have seen deeply troubling signs that they are headed in a different direction. Let me be clear, we have not asked North Korea to do everything before we do anything. We are prepared to be flexible, but we cannot solve this problem alone. The DPRK must do its part and it must avoid provocations. It must engage in this process."

The five permanent members of the Security Council - the U.S., the UK, France, China and Russia - agreed on the common goal of trying to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, but they had different views on how to go about it.
The U.S., the UK and France urged North Korea to stop its provocative actions and change course to get back to the negotiating table to discuss paths toward denuclearization.
The three also stressed that sanctions will remain in place unless North Korea takes concrete steps first.
But Russia and China called for reciprocal steps by Washington and Pyeongyang to make progresssaying negotiations cannot be lopsided.
The representatives from Moscow and Beijing added sanctions should be subject to change step-by-stepdepending on what North Korea does.

And prior to the session, U.S. Special Representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, met with the members of the Security Council.
What do we know about that?

Right, so earlier Biegun attended a luncheon with the 15 Representatives of the UN Security Council before the actual session began.
Although we don't have details on what was discussed, watchers say Biegun called on the Security Council member states to urge Pyeongyang to reverse its current provocative actions and come back to the negotiating table.
Biegun is also reportedly seeking to meet with North Korean officials at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjeom when he visits South Korea next week.
That's according to Japan's Kyodo News Agency, citing government sources.
If such a meeting takes place, it would be the first since Biegun sat down with the North's chief nuclear negotiator, Kim Myong-gil, for working-level talks in Sweden in October.
During his trip to South Korea, Biegun is also expected to meet with Seoul's top nucear envoy Lee Do-hoon and visit the presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae.
Back to you, Conn-young.
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