The US has abandoned an attempt to hold a UN Security Council session to slam North Korea’s human rights record after failing to muster enough support for the bid.
UN diplomats confirmed on Friday that Washington does not have the essential nine votes in the 15-member council (UNSC) to carry out its annual bid since 2014 to hold a meeting on Pyongyang’s right record this year, even though US President Donald Trump is seeking a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
“They don’t have the numbers this year,” said a UNSC diplomat as quoted in an AFP report, adding that “Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) is not on board.” The council meeting on North Korea was tentatively scheduled for Monday.
A historic summit between Trump and Kim last June opened up dialogue on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula between the two countries after months of exchanging military threats. A second summit is expected next year amid a growing distrust…