South Korea has gotten a well deserved seat on the UN Security Council for the next two years:
South Korea and Australia were elected to two-year terms on the United Nations Security Council, strengthening the hand of the U.S. with two Pacific allies as it faces tensions withChina and North Korea.
Argentina, Rwanda and Luxembourg also were elected yesterday to fill seats on the 15-member Council, the highest decision-making body of the world organization. Bhutan, Cambodia and Finland ran and failed to get enough votes from the UN’s 193 members to win any of the five contested seats.
“Australia and South Korea may be able to act as bridges for more effective diplomacy with the Chinese, and if you have a crisis on the Korean peninsula they will almost certainly line up with the U.S.,” Richard Gowan, associate director at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation said in an interview. Still, he said, if the U.S. and China have a security showdown, Australia and South Korea may find themselves in an uncomfortable situation. [Bloomberg]
Something I found interesting about one of the other countries elected to the council is that I just read this article in Foreign Policy about how Argentina is a deadbeat country. When the Koreans had their financial crisis they paid back their IMF loan money early while the Argentine government is refusing to pay back the loans they were given after their own financial crisis. The Argentine government also routinely publishes phony economic information to hide the real state of their economy. That doesn’t seem to be the behavior of country anyone would want on the prestigious UN Security Council.