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As DPRK Meeting Starts, Battle of Quips & Silence, Kim Won-soo & Feltman

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, February 12 – If North Korea's nuclear test crossed the red line, Tuesday morning at the UN Security Council was a sort of red carpet: Ambassadors stopped and delivered one liners to the assembled press.

   Western ambassadors, that is. China was represented by its Deputy Permanent Representative Wang, who was hardly questioned as he went in.

   France's Permanent Representative Gerard Araud, on the other hand, when asked “strong statement?” stopped and said, “I hope there will be something more than a statement.”

   UK Deputy Permanent Representative Philip Parham said he hopes for a strong condemnation.

   Russia's Permanent Representative Vitaly Churkin said only, “We'll see.”

   US Ambassador Susan Rice, with two spokespeople, took the comedic route, telling the press, “glad you all could wake up early.” Beyond that, she said nothing.

   But scheduled to brief the Security Council was long time US State Department official Jeffrey Feltman. Another UN official who went into the Council before the meeting started was Kim Won-soo, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's senior adviser.

  Kim Won-soo's title however, under Ban's mobility plan, is now “Change Management.” What does that have to do with North Korea?

  Then again, Kim Won-soo did travel to North Korea with Feltman's predecessor Lynn Pascoe. UN insiders wonder: where is Bob Orr? He bridges the gap, an American immersed in the Korean world. Watch this site.

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