The UN anti-racism conference in Geneva begins Monday over divisions on whether to follow a US boycott of the conference. Concerns over Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's anti-Israeli sentiments are at the heart of the discord.
EU states were split Sunday on whether to follow a US boycott of a controversial UN conference on racism in Geneva, where Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is expected to deliver a controversial speech on Israel.
Several western countries including the US, Australia and Canada have chosen to boycott the UN conference on racism, because they fear it will become a platform for expressing inflammatory remarks on Israel.
Unlike the US, who said on Saturday that it will boycott next week's UN conference on racism in Geneva because of unacceptable wording in the meeting's draft proposal, Britain confirmed that it would send a delegation to Switzerland.
Following North Korea's announcement that it would pull out of the six-nation nuclear disarmament talks, "never again" to rejoin, China - the nation's sole major ally - urged North Korea to reconsider. China has discouraged new UN sanctions.
The official Korean Central News Agency says North Korea will withdraw from six-party negotiations and reopen disabled nuclear plants to protest a UN Security Council statement on Monday unanimously condemning its April 5 long-range rocket launch.
Japan is pushing for a "strong" statement on the North Korean rocket launch at a summit of Asian leaders this weekend. China said on Wednesday it did not want to discuss North Korea's rocket launch at the meeting.
A North Korean diplomat has warned that Pyongyang would react strongly to any action from the UN Security Council over its long-range rocket launch, saying any censure would "infringe upon the sovereignty of our country".
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said in a radio address that North Korea's rocket launch "could not be justified under any circumstances". Along with the US and Russia, South Korea claims the satellite never made it to space.