South Korea to seek re-entry to Security Council tonight after 11 years…3rd election ‘likely’

South Korea’s return to the United Nations Security Council (Security Council) after an 11-year absence will be decided on Nov. 6 (local time).

The UN General Assembly will hold elections for non-permanent seats on the Security Council for the 2024-2025 term at 10 a.m메이저놀이터. (11 p.m. ET) at UN headquarters in New York.

Korea is the lone candidate from the Asia-Pacific region, two from Africa, one from Latin America, and one from Eastern Europe.

Although unopposed, the candidate must be approved by at least two-thirds of the voting members to serve as a non-permanent member of the Security Council starting next January.

Assuming all 192 current voting members show up, that means a minimum of 128 votes.

If a candidate does not receive the required number of votes in the first round of voting, there will be an unlimited number of rounds of voting until a candidate receives at least two-thirds of the votes.

If the election is confirmed in the first round of voting, results are expected shortly after midnight ET.

As the only candidate endorsed by the U.N.’s Asia-Pacific Group, South Korea is widely expected to win.

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However, South Korea is unlikely to receive an overwhelming majority of votes, given the war in Ukraine, the U.S.-China conflict, and the deep divide between the West and China-Russia over North Korea. The “lock-in” votes of North Korea and pro-North Korea countries cannot be ignored.

If South Korea were to overcome some opposition and win 128 votes, it would return to the Security Council for the first time in 11 years, since 2013-2014. This would be its third term, including its first non-permanent seat in 1996-1997, five years after joining the UN.

Analysts say South Korea’s return to the Security Council, the most powerful UN body responsible for maintaining international peace and security, for the third time in 30 years reflects its rising status.

South Korea will also join the United States as a permanent member next year and Japan as a non-permanent member in 2023 and 2024, creating a triangular partnership on the Security Council.

In today’s election, Algeria and Sierra Leone ran unopposed for the two African non-permanent seats and Guyana for the one Latin American seat.

Eastern Europe will be represented by Slovenia and Belarus for one non-permanent seat, in a proxy battle between the West and Russia.

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