North Korea Criticizes U.S. Veto on UN Gaza Cease-Fire Resolution

SEOUL - North Korea has expressed strong criticism towards the United States for its recent veto of a United Nations Security Council Resolution. The resolution, which called for an immediate cease-fire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas, was vetoed by the U.S., leading to its failure to pass in the council. The U.N. Security Council, comprising 15 members including five with veto power, held the vote on Friday.

According to Yonhap News Agency, Kim Son-kyong, North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister for International Organizations, condemned the U.S. decision, accusing it of misusing its veto power and being a "stumbling block" to international peace and stability. This sentiment was reported by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), North Korea's official state media.

In a statement released in English by the KCNA, Kim expressed disappointment in the outcome of the U.N. vote. "I cannot but deplore the fact that the international community's unanimous desire for peace and stability to settle in the Middle East at an early date was mercilessly trampled down again," he stated.

The U.S. veto has drawn international attention and varying reactions, highlighting the complex dynamics of the U.N. Security Council and the ongoing tensions in the Middle East.

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