Dec 31, 2017

South Korea seizes second ship suspected of transferring oil to North

South Korean authorities have seized a Panama-flagged vessel suspected of transferring oil products to North Korea in violation of international sanctions, a customs official said Sunday. The KOTI was seized at Pyeongtaek-Dangjin port, the official said without elaborating, due to the sensitivity of the issue. ...

U.N. disarmament head gives first briefing on Syria chemical weapons

May 24, 2017

U.N. disarmament head gives first briefing on Syria chemical weapons

Izumi Nakamitsu, the United Nations' new head of disarmament, gave her first briefing to the 15-member Security Council on Tuesday, focusing on the latest developments on chemical weapons in Syria. As the high representative for disarmament affairs, the Japanese is in charge of a wide-ranging ...

/ Jul 28, 2016

U.N. to continue reform talks, considers possible UNSC expansion

The U.N. General Assembly decided Wednesday to continue negotiations on Security Council reform at the next session, eyeing a possibly enlarged body with a membership "in the mid-20s." Debate has raged for decades over how to restructure the council, which currently comprises five permanent veto-wielding ...

Nov 21, 2015

Japan gains observer status ahead of return to UNSC

Japanese representatives began attending U.N. Security Council meetings Friday, the first day of Japan's observer status eligibility six weeks ahead of its record 11th term as a non-permanent member. Deputy Ambassador Yoshifumi Okamura was among those who sat in on the day's addresses by U.N. ...