U.N. council meeting on Koreas likely Sunday

UNITED NATIONS (BestGrowthStock) – The U.N. Security Council is likely to convene an emergency session on Sunday on the escalating tension between North and South Korea, council diplomats said on Saturday.

Earlier on Saturday, diplomats had said the meeting was tentatively scheduled for 3 p.m. (2000 GMT), but an envoy later told Reuters: “There will not be a meeting today but most likely there will be one tomorrow.”

Another council diplomat said the emergency session on North Korea would probably take place at 11 a.m. (1600 GMT) on Sunday, but the time could be changed again.

The meeting was called at the request of Russia, an envoy said. It was unclear what the 15-member council planned to do. Diplomats said they hoped to issue some kind of statement to help ease the tension in the region.

Bad weather on Saturday appeared likely to delay a live-fire exercise by South Korean marines that has drawn North Korean threats of another military attack.

It was not clear if the postponement of the council meeting was related to the delay in the start of the South Korean exercise.

Recent attempts by the Security Council to agree anything on North Korea have run into difficulties because of disputes between China on one side and the United States, Britain and France on the other.

Russia has also been supporting the Chinese position that the council should avoid harsh rebukes of Pyongyang. The five powers are the veto-wielding permanent members of the Security Council.

(Reporting by Louis Charbonneau; editing by Mohammad Zargham and Jackie Frank)

U.N. council meeting on Koreas likely Sunday