UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will address the Security Council on May 5 on the situation in Ukraine, the US envoy to the United Nations said on Tuesday.
The US holds the presidency of the security council for May, and Linda Thomas-Greenfield told reporters at UN headquarters in New York that the agency “will be as engrossed by the Russian war on Ukraine as this council has had over the past few months.”
Guterres ended a visit to Ukraine last week after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, and continued his call for an immediate end to hostilities, saying “the sooner this war ends, the better.”
More than 3,100 civilians in Ukraine have been killed and more than 3,300 injured since Russia began its war in late February, according to the United Nations, which says the real number is likely much higher.
Thomas-Greenfield said that in addition to Thursday’s meeting in Ukraine, the US intends to hold a vote on its draft resolution on North Korea, which is expected to impose new sanctions on Pyongyang in retaliation for successive missile tests it has carried out in defiance of UN resolutions.
“We are very concerned about the situation there, the many violations of Security Council resolutions by the DPRK, and we hope that the council will remain united and condemn the DPRK’s actions,” he said.
He refers to North Korea by its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Thomas-Greenfield appealed to the council in March to “tighten the screws” on North Korea after a test-firing of a weapon believed to be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
He went on to say that the threat posed by Pyongyang’s new weapons system extends to almost “every member state of the United Nations.”
“It is clear that the DPRK has stepped up its provocations with impunity while the council has remained silent. And it is clear that staying silent in the hope that the DPRK will also hold back is a failed strategy,” he said.
“The Security Council must speak openly and with one voice to condemn the unlawful acts of the DPRK, and encourage the DPRK to return to the negotiating table,” he said.
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