UN Ambassador Susan Rice (Dec. 19): "The United States has strongly condemned as we did at the time the November 23rd attack by North Korea on Yeonpyeong Island and the deaths that resulted from it. We have condemned the sinking of the Cheonan and we think that it is very important for the council to be able to speak with clarity and unity to condemn these acts as unprovoked aggression by DPRK against the Republic of Korea."
"We believe the Republic of Korea has throughout exercised enormous restraint the planned exercises are fully consistent with South Korea's legal right to self-defense, it has been done and notified transparently, responsibly and will not occur in a fashion that we believe gives North Korea any excuse to respond in the fashion that it has threatened to do."
"The majority of council members made clear their view that it was important to clearly condemn the events of November 23 and the attack by DPRK on Yeonpyeong Island but that view did not ultimately achieve consensus and while we're still waiting firm clear instructions from every capital, I think it's safe to predict that the gaps that remain are unlikely to be bridged." Full Text»