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Desperate to Save Diplomacy, White House Blocks U.N. Meeting on North Korean Atrocities

Added 12-09-19 12:34:02pm EST - “As tensions rise between Washington and Pyongyang, Trump tries to avert a complete breakdown in relations.” - Foreignpolicy.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Foreignpolicy.com: “Desperate to Save Diplomacy, White House Blocks U.N. Meeting on North Korean Atrocities”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Report: Desperate to Save Diplomacy, White House Blocks U.N. Meeting on North Korean Atrocities Desperate to Save Diplomacy, White House Blo...

The White House has killed off plans to convene a meeting of the United Nations Security Council to spotlight atrocities by North Korea, according to several diplomatic sources.

The move signaled a desire by U.S. President Donald Trump to salvage a faltering two-year diplomatic effort to convince North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program and try to strike a deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un before the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

The diplomatic retreat at the U.N. comes at a time when tensions are rising between the United States and North Korea, which has resumed testing on its medium-range missiles in recent weeks. Earlier this month, a senior North Korean official threatened to deliver a “Christmas gift” to the United States, a remark that stirred concern that Pyongyang planned to escalate the confrontation with Washington.

On Sunday, Pyongyang announced it had conducted a “very important test” at one of its missile sites, fueling concerns among experts and U.S. officials that the test could be for an engine for an intercontinental ballistic missile or satellite launcher. Such a launch could derail relations between Trump and Kim and fuel new tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

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