North Korean leader Kim Jong-un signs a document for a hydrogen bomb test in Pyongyang. North Korea announced on January 6 it had successfully carried out its first hydrogen bomb test, an event that, if confirmed, would mark a stunning step forward in its nuclear development. Photo: AFP

UN condemnation of North Korea’s nuclear test smacks of double standards

Sherif Elgebeily says the Security Council’s outrage at Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions would seem more legitimate if wasn’t so biased, given other member states’ actions

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un signs a document for a hydrogen bomb test in Pyongyang. North Korea announced on January 6 it had successfully carried out its first hydrogen bomb test, an event that, if confirmed, would mark a stunning step forward in its nuclear development. Photo: AFP
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Sherif A. Elgebeily

Sherif A. Elgebeily

Dr Sherif A. Elgebeily (@selgebeily) is director of the Centre for the Study of International Peace and Security, and co-chair of the International Law and Policy in Africa Network (ILPAN). He is the author of The Rule of Law in the United Nations Security Council Decision-making Process.