UN Condemns North Korean Attack on the Cheonan

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
July 9, 2010

Statement by Secretary Clinton

On July 9, the United Nations Security Council reached unanimous agreement on a Presidential Statement, which condemns North Korea's attack on the Cheonan and deplores the loss of 46 South Korean sailors who were killed in the attack.

Ambassador Susan Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said, "The message to North Korean leadership is crystal clear. The Security Council condemns and deplores this attack. It warns against any further attacks, and insists on full adherence to the Korean Armistice Agreement. The council's statement commends the Republic of Korea for its extraordinary restraint and underscores the findings and good work of the Joint Civilian Military Investigation Group."

Read the Ambassador's full statement here.

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dirwan
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Malaysia
July 10, 2010

Dirwan in Malaysia writes:

Why on israel attacked palestine n gaza, killed thousand of people n childrens you kept silent and not condemn any of israel's action!
Don't be stupid or fool! You let them killed becauce the killer is your sleeping partner!

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
July 10, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Presidential Statement:

webcast.un.org/ramgen/ondemand/sc/2010/sc100709am.rm

The full text of presidential statement S/PRST/2010/13 reads as follows:

“The Security Council notes the letter dated 4 June 2010 from the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2010/281), and the letter dated 8 June 2010 from the Permanent Representative of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2010/294).

“The Security Council deplores the attack on 26 March 2010 which led to the sinking of the Republic of Korea naval ship, the Cheonan, resulting in the tragic loss of 46 lives.

“The Security Council determines that such an incident endangers peace and security in the region and beyond.

“The Security Council deplores the loss of life and injuries and expresses its deep sympathy and condolences to the victims and their families and to the people and Government of the Republic of Korea, and calls for appropriate and peaceful measures to be taken against those responsible for the incident aimed at the peaceful settlement of the issue in accordance with the United Nations Charter and all other relevant provisions of international law.

“In view of the findings of the Joint Civilian-Military Investigation Group led by the Republic of Korea with the participation of five nations, which concluded that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea was responsible for sinking the Cheonan, the Security Council expresses its deep concern.

“The Security Council takes note of the responses from other relevant parties, including from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, which has stated that it had nothing to do with the incident.

“Therefore, the Security Council condemns the attack which led to the sinking of the Cheonan.

“The Security Council underscores the importance of preventing further such attacks or hostilities against the Republic of Korea or in the region.

“The Security Council welcomes the restraint shown by the Republic of Korea and stresses the importance of maintaining peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and in North-East Asia as a whole.

“The Security Council calls for full adherence to the Korean Armistice Agreement and encourages the settlement of outstanding issues on the Korean peninsula by peaceful means to resume direct dialogue and negotiation through appropriate channels as early as possible, with a view to avoiding conflicts and averting escalation.

“The Security Council reaffirms the importance that all Member States uphold the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations.”

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Media Stakeout: Informal comments to the Media by H.E. Mr. Sin Son Ho, Permanent Representative of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, on the Cheonan incident (the sinking of the ship from the Republic of Korea).

webcast.un.org/ramgen/ondemand/stakeout/2010/so100709am5.rm

Media Stakeout: Informal comments to the Media by H.E. Mr. Park In-Kook, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea, on the Cheonan incident (the sinking of the ship from the Republic of Korea).

webcast.un.org/ramgen/ondemand/stakeout/2010/so100709am4.rm

Media Stakeout: Informal comments to the Media by H.E. Mr. Yukio Takasu, Permanent Representative of Japan, on the Cheonan incident (the sinking of the ship from the Republic of Korea).

webcast.un.org/ramgen/ondemand/stakeout/2010/so100709am3.rm
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I figured a little context would be useful, and perhaps the Dipnote Staff would be good enough to include relevent links like this in the future when such a crucial action is taken in the UN.

In the council webcast after the meeting I think I was witness to diplomatic history. I've never in all my years seen "hug diplomacy" in action in that chamber.

But I think Mr. Park In-Kook was feeling about two inches taller in his shoes after Dr. Rice gave him one.

I'm wondering if Dipnote Bloggers can check this out and tell me if this is indeed a diplomatic "first".

In any case, I think it is one of the many reasons I consider Ambassador Rice the best UN perm rep this nation has had in decades.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
August 28, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Kudos to Jimmy Carter for securing the release of Mr. Gomes.

It's an interesting contrast in "personal diplomacy"; on one hand it got one of them in a heck of a lot of trouble, on the other hand it helped the other get him out of it.

Now I know there's been a lot of speculation about the visit of "lil Kim to China of late, and that DoS isn't want to comment...

But I guess I just have to say to PJ Crowley that I think he's missing all the fun we the public are having playing "What if?".

It must be a tough job he has keeping a strait face sometimes, and in the following pet theory I'm working on, it is my intent to make his Monday morning coming to work and reading this blog as entertaining as possible, if not virtually impossible not to grin at the thought that if China simply arrested 'lil Kim , and his son, ( crimes against humanity, starving his own people, threats of nuclear war, sinking ships... as reasons) and the fellow that met Carter is sincere in getting back to the table, then China gains many kudos for resolving this crisis peacefully. Or maybe they're just going into exile and there's a new guy in charge in NK.

One can hope.

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