Tag: United Nations

Bolton warns: ‘It only gets worse’ with North Korea

Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton warned that the geopolitical situation with North Korea is bound to only get worse over time while calling to reunify the Korean Peninsula. “The North Koreans — this very erratic, unstable regime — may soon have the capability to harm us directly,” Bolton said in an […]

United Nations Elects Saudi Arabia to Women’s Rights Commission

The United Nations Economic and Social Council voted late last week to place Saudi Arabia on the Commission on the Status of Women for a four-year term beginning in 2018, despite that country’s appalling record on the treatment of women. Hillel Neuer, director of the Geneva-based UN Watch, expressed his outrage in a statement Friday: “Electing […]

North Korea warns ‘thermonuclear war may break out at any moment’

A senior North Korean official has accused the US of turning the Korean peninsula into “the world’s biggest hotspot” and creating “a dangerous situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment”. North Korea’s deputy UN ambassador, Kim In-ryong, described US-South Korean military exercises as the largest ever “aggressive war drill” and […]

At UN, Syria Tries to Divert Chemical Weapons Focus Onto Israel

Hours after Tuesday’s deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria’s Idlib province, an Assad regime representative in New York said the Syrian government condemned the use of all weapons of mass destruction, and then tried to turn the attention onto Israel and other critics instead. Speaking at the U.N. Disarmament Commission session, the delegate called chemical […]

Tillerson to chair U.N. meeting on North Korea nuclear program

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will chair a United Nations Security Council meeting on North Korea on April 28 to discuss how the body can combat Pyongyang’s banned nuclear and missile programs, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Monday. North Korea has been under U.N. sanctions aimed at impeding the development of its nuclear […]

US withdraws funding for United Nations Population Fund

The US says it is withdrawing funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), an agency that promotes family planning in more than 150 countries. The state department says the agency supports or participates in a programme of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilisation in China. But the UNFPA says this is an “erroneous claim”, and […]

UN issues condemnation of new Israeli settlement

Israel’s decision to build the first new government-sanction settlement in a quarter-century elicited a 75-word condemnation from from UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday morning. The statement said that Guterres “took notice with disappointment and alarm” at the decision by Israel “to build a new settlement in the occupied Palestinian territory.” Trump accepts Amona settlement […]

Haley: UN no longer has ‘Israel bias’

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Sunday took a swipe at the Obama administration, saying the “Israel bias” has been wiped out at the U.N. “We changed the Israel bias that’s happening at the United Nations by making sure we call out anyone that focuses on that as opposed to focusing on […]

In first White House meeting in 7 years, Egypt expected to focus on security assistance

An Egyptian president will visit the White House for the first time in seven years on Monday when Abdel Fattah al-Sisi sits down with US President Donald Trump. The meeting is expected to focus on shared security concerns in the region. Sisi and Trump have reportedly struck up a rapport in phone calls preceding Monday’s […]

U.N. calls on Gulf countries to do more to help Syrian refugees

A senior United Nations refugee official on Sunday called on Gulf Arab states to give more to help Syrians displaced by six years of civil war, saying she saw little sign that the crisis would end any time soon. Speaking during a visit to Kuwait to sign a $10 million aid agreement for Syrian refugees […]