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On DPRK Launch, SC Can Only Issue "Elements to the Press," Resolution Unlikely

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, December 12 -- As the UN Security Council met behind closed doors Wednesday about the North Korean launch, what begin with the call by French ambassador Gerard Araud for a resolution degenerated into talk of "elements to the press."

  Hungry for news, a media mob followed South Korea's Permanent Representative Kim Sook when he came out of the Council. But he was headed only to the bathroom: flush mob, one wag dubbed it.

  Inner City Press went back to see what happened in April 2012 -- total deja vu, the Council then talked about elements to the press, then discussed the coup du jour then, Guinea Bissau. This week the forgotten coup's in Mali.

  Western members, having agreed to mere elements to the press -- a step below a Press Statement -- then tried to say it didn't make any difference.

  In the last line the Elements say the Council "will continue consultations on an appropriate response." But sources tell Inner City Press that the US was clearly told in consultations, no resolution.

  Still Ambassador Susan Rice at the stakeout said she's heard that before; she said discussions will continue.

  Inner City Press asked Rice about the coup of the week, in Mali. But that's another story: watch this site.

Footnotes: South Korea's Permanent Representative Kim Sook came out and said the process will continue. Inner City Press asked if he had spoken in consultations, or just listened. Kim Sook joked that until January 1, he "has no mouth." Soon enough.

  Also, Russia proposed a press statement on the attack on an Alawite village in Syria; it's said one delegation said it needed more information. Silence was set on the statement until Thursday at noon. Other such statements have been blocked; we'll see.

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