The UN Security Council will meet on Friday over US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Trump campaigned last year on a promise to deport large numbers of immigrants and build a wall on the US border with Mexico to help tackle illegal immigration and crime in the United States.
Russia vetoed on Friday a Japanese-drafted UN Security Council resolution to extend the inquiry by one month.
A resolution needs nine votes in favour and no vetoes by the US, France, Russia, Britain or China to be adopted.
The mandate for the joint inquiry by the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which has found the Syrian government used the banned nerve agent sarin in an April 4 attack, expires on Friday.
The Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Houthi movement in Yemen has closed all air, land and sea ports to the Arabian Peninsula, a move that will likely worsen the humanitarian crisis there.
Russia vetoed an initial US bid to renew the joint inquiry by the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on October 24, saying it wanted to wait for the release of the investigation’s report two days later.
The United Nations has denounced the violence as a classic example of ethnic cleansing. However, the Myanmar government has denied such allegations.
Dispatched by President Donald Trump to Ethiopia, South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo, Haley’s trip was one of the first tangible signs of interest in Africa by the nine-month old administration.
More than 422,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar since August 25, when attacks by Rohingya militants triggered a military crackdown.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said she spoke to US President Donald Trump on Monday about Rohingya Muslims flooding into her country from Myanmar.
The US-drafted resolution appears to have been weakened in a bid to appease North Korea’s ally China and Russia following negotiations during the past few days.
The US wants the Security Council to impose an oil embargo on North Korea and ban its exports of textiles and the hiring of North Korean labourers abroad.
North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sunday – in violation of UN resolutions – which it said was an advanced hydrogen bomb for a long-range missile.
The US traditionally drafts resolutions to impose sanctions on North Korea over its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs. It first negotiates with Pyongyang ally China before involving the remaining 13 council members.
UN aid chief Stephen O’Brien slammed Yemen and a Saudi-led military coalition for “unilaterally denying or excessively delaying entry” to Hodeidah.
Antonio Guterres spoke by telephone with deputy ambassador Kim In Ryong on Tuesday, the North Korean mission to the UN said in a statement on Thursday.
The US-drafted resolution bans North Korean exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood.
The coalition fighting the Iran-allied Houthi militia in Yemen has, however, denied carrying out the attack that killed 42.
The US argue that Pyongyang fired an intercontinental ballistic missile, while Russia contends it was just a medium-range one, which hamstrings the US effort to push for stronger sanctions.
American Michael Sharp, coordinator of the independent monitoring group, and Swede Zaida Catalan were killed in central Congo on March 12.
Tensions have been rising since a Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen’s civil war in 2015, backing government forces fighting Iran-allied Houthi rebels.
Nikki Haley told the Security Council that North Korea’s actions were “quickly closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution.”
UN Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov said that Israel was violating the resolution passed last year prohibiting it from building new settlements on disputed territory, nixing chances of a two-state solution.
The search for a successor to Martin Koble began in February when Guterres proposed former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad for the job.
In the first resolution of its kind, the US and China agreed on the UN expanding targeted sanctions against North Korea in response to the missile tests.
Yemen faces the world’s largest food crisis with more than 17 million people who are food insecure. 6.8 million of them are one step away from famine.
Trump wants to cut US diplomacy and aid budgets by about a third, or nearly $19 billion. This includes cutting some $1 billion from UN peacekeeping funding.
Traditionally, US and China have negotiated new sanctions before involving the other 13 UN Security Council members.
WannaCry has infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 nations, threatening to lock out victims who have not paid a ransom within one week of infection.
The force is part of the UN peacekeeping mission known as UNMISS, which has been in South Sudan since its independence from Sudan in 2011.
“We’re starting to see serious instability in Venezuela,” US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told reporters after the closed-door Security Council meeting, which was requested by the US.
East African states and South Africa believe that allowing South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar to return to the war-torn country would not “necessarily be positive at this stage.”
Trump has said the US share of UN budgets was “unfair” and has proposed an unspecified reduction in funding for the world body and its agencies.
UN chief Guterres warns the state department that the cutting of funds to the UNDP could have “devastating effects” on women and girls.
Russia continues to side with Syria as the country’s government and diplomats deny any involvement in the deadly sarin gas attack in Syria’s Khan Sheikhoun.
Western countries blamed Syrian armed forces for the recent gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in a rebel-held area of Idliib.
The cut marks US President Donald Trump’s first move to curtail funding for the UN and its agencies.
The Trump administration’s view is a departure from Obama’s stance and at odds with European powers, who insist Bashar al-Assad must step down.
Speaking to reporters at the UN headquarters, ambassador Nikki Haley said US expects its allies to back the country; otherwise “we’re taking names,” she said.