2 1 The U.N. secretary general has called on the United States to halt its planned military deployment in South Korea amid escalating tensions in the region.
Speaking during a meeting with U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, U. S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there was no reason to build up the United Nations Security Council ahead of the first U. N. Women’s Open final in Seoul on Saturday, saying the deployment would be a “serious provocation.”
The decision by President Donald Trump’s administration to deploy up to 2,000 U.s forces in South Korean waters and airspace will further escalate tensions between Washington and Seoul, which sees the deployment as a prelude to a potential invasion of the Korean Peninsula.
Pompeo said the deployment was a direct threat to regional peace and security.
“This is a grave provocation that threatens the very fabric of our international order,” Pompeo told Hammond.
Security Council has been established with the intent of protecting the security and stability of our countries, but also of promoting global cooperation and cooperation in defence of peace and stability.”
Trump said last week that he had asked Pompeo to reconsider the U.
Ns deployment in the wake of North Korea’s “provocative actions” that included firing missiles into waters in the Sea of Japan and threatening to strike U. s ally South Korea.
Trump also told a gathering of Republican and Democratic lawmakers last week in Washington that he was considering a unilateral U. n. strike on North Korea.
The president made the comments in a tweet after U. korea’s President Moon Jae-in told lawmakers the United states would not stand idly by while Kim Jong Un carried out his threats to carry out nuclear attacks against the U .
“We cannot let them continue to threaten us with their nuclear weapons,” Moon said.
Trump has repeatedly threatened to strike North Korea and has called for the U nnorea to stop its nuclear weapons program.
But the president said he would not make a final decision on the deployment until he reviews the situation.
The U nns Security Council adopted a resolution last week to deploy U.n. forces to the South after Pyongyang tested a ballistic missile on Saturday that could reach Alaska and Hawaii.
The resolution was supported by Russia, China, Britain, France, Germany, India, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Peru, Singapore, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.
The United States is the only country in the world that has nuclear weapons, but it has never deployed them.
The United States and South Korea agreed to suspend the deployment in 2016 amid tensions on the Korean peninsula, but the United Sates continued to send its troops to South Korea for security training.
The deployment has drawn criticism from many nations including China and Russia.
The U nnas deployment has sparked protests and condemnation in both countries.