Saturday, April 29, 2017

On North Korea, China Meets Guterres As Sweden Revises Statement, Tillerson Effect

By Matthew Russell Lee, New Platform
UNITED NATIONS, April 28 – After the North Korea meeting of the UN Security Council on April 28, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi went up to meet with Secretary General Antonio Guterres and his team. Inner City Press went to the photo op - here are its photos of Wang Yi at the stakeout - and found (Tweeted photos here) the whole Guterres team in attendance: Deputy Secretary General Amina J. Mohammed, Chef de Cabinet Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, holdover head of Political Affairs Jeff Feltman, Tanguy Stehelin, Kung-hwa Kang and more. Periscope video here. Guterres had barely said that he will be in Beijing soon when the Press was ushered out. At the day's noon briefing, when Inner City Press asked Guterres' (and Ban Ki-moon's and Kofi Annan's) spokesman Stephane Dujarric if Guterres agrees with Tillerson that countries should suspend diplomatic relations with North Korea, Dujarric refused to give a straight answer. Tillerson will be upstairs at 3 pm - and so will Inner City Press. Watch this site. When Tillerson spoke on North Korea in the UN Security Council on April 28, he called on countries to break diplomatic relations with the country. As speeches continued, the UN sent out Sweden's speech, which included a line: "diplomatic relations constitutes the basis for our efforts and must be upheld in accordance with the Vienna Convention." See Patreon here. Then the UN sent out a "revised" Swedish speech with the line about upholding diplomat relations removed. Also Patreon here. Call it the Tillerson effect. Some background: when Sweden got involved in an "Elected Ten" draft on Syria, the US sources tell Inner City Press questioned the move. Did that play any role in Sweden's "revised" speech? We'll have more on this.

  China's Wang Yi, who spoke at the Council stakeout before the meeting differed (Inner City Press Periscope here). He proposed suspension for suspension.