World powers to meet again on North Korea issue

April 7th, 2009 - 7:04 am ICT by IANS  

New York, April 7 (Xinhua) The five permanent members (P5) of the UN Security Council and Japan are scheduled to meet Tuesday afternoon on North Korea’s missile launch, Japan’s envoy to the UN Yukio Takasu said here Monday.
The Japanese diplomat made the statement after closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council here Monday afternoon.

“We have a tentative time but it depends on how quickly get instructions (from capitals) but probably in the course of tomorrow afternoon,” Takasu said.

“This afternoon the P5 (Britian, China, the US, Frace and Russia)and Japan met Ambassador (Claude) Heller to compare the notes we have received overnight from capitals on the basis of yesterday’s consultation,” Takasu said.

“In my view there was a broad understanding among all these people that the session rising from the launch of North Korea is a very serious one and the council requires clear, strong and quick response. That I think is a positive development.”

Heller is the Mexican permanent representative to the UN, who holds the rotating Security Council presidency for April.

“As to what is the most appropriate format and content, we have discussed quite extensively but still we have no convergence at this stage,” he said. “Therefore, we agreed to report everything what happened at this meeting and seek for fresh instructions from our capitals. And on that basis we are going to meet again.”

The Security Council held an emergency session Sunday afternoon, it ended up with no collective response to the Sunday rocket launch by Pyongyang, but members of the 15-nation council agreed to continue their consultations on the issue.

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