S. Korea to block Japanese Security Council bid



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SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article:

(a)

thrown a spanner in the works

condones

(b)

declared

hope

(c)

warrant

headed for

(d)

envoy

asserted

(e)

reflection

frustrated

(f)

set for

financing

(g)

aspiration

diplomat

(h)

bankrolling

express

(i)

justifies

contemplation

(j)

voice

deserve

PHRASE MATCH: Match the following phrases from the article:

(a)

thrown a spanner

a diplomatic war

(b)

too untrustworthy

the UN

(c)

a Security Council

in the works

(d)

its lack

known as the G4

(e)

play

seat

(f)

set for

of reflection

(g)

international

a neighbour

(h)

bankrolling

its expected opposition

(i)

part of a group

the role of a world leader

(j)

China has yet to voice

aspiration



GAP FILL

S. Korea to block Japanese Security Council bid


BNE: South Korea has thrown a __________ in the works of Japan’s efforts to join China, France, Russia, USA and UK as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). A top South Korean diplomat has __________ Japan too untrustworthy a neighbour to warrant a Security Council seat. South Korea’s envoy to the UN said his government would __________ any Japanese attempts at permanent membership. Ambassador Kim Sam-hoon said: “We do not think Japan has the qualifications to become a UN Security Council member, and we will try to make sure it does not”. He added: “There are difficulties for a country that does not have the __________ of its neighboring countries because of its lack of __________ on the past to play the role of a world leader.”




trust
declared
reflection
block
spanner


South Korea and Japan are __________ for a diplomatic war over this issue. Japan’s greatest international aspiration is to become a permanent member. It is the number two nation in __________ the UN. However, South Korea is angry over Japan's claim to a set of disputed islands between the two countries, currently under South Korean control; a new edition of a school history book that that critics say __________ Japan’s actions in World War II; and Prime Minister Koizumi's annual visits to the __________ Yasakuni shrine, which memorializes Japan’s top WWII soldiers. Japan, Germany, Brazil and India are part of a group known as the G4, which all have ambitions on a UNSC seat. America strongly supports Japan’s bid; China has yet to __________ its expected opposition.




controversial
set
justifies
voice
bankrolling




HOMEWORK


1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or search engine to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find information on the UNSC. Share your findings with your class next lesson.

3. JAPAN’S BID: Write a letter to the head of the UNSC about your feelings on Japan’s membership bid. In your next class other students will reply to your letter.

4. MY COUNTRY: You are the foreign minister / secretary of your land. You have to convince the United Nations that your country should be a UNSC permanent member . Write down some brief notes explaining these reasons. In your next class your classmates will vote on whether to accept your membership bid.
DISCUSSION:

  1. What was interesting in this article?

  2. Were you surprised by anything in this article?

  3. Were you angry about anything in this article?

  4. Should Japan become a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council?

  5. There are currently five permanent members. Should this be expanded?

  6. Why do you think small countries like France and Britain are permanent members?

  7. Germany, Brazil and India also want to be permanent members. Is this OK?

  8. Japan finances twenty per cent of the UN. Isn’t this enough to warrant permanent membership?

  9. Japan lacks the trust of its neighbours. Is this a fair argument?

  10. America has forgiven Japan for WWII. Shouldn’t Japan’s neighbours do the same?

  11. Is South Korea’s attempt to block Japanese membership a thing a good neighbour would do?

  12. Do you think Japan is a peaceful country?

  13. Do you think China is a peaceful country?

  14. Do you think the USA is a peaceful country?

  15. Is it right to bring up the Second World War when Japan now has a pacifist constitution and leads the world in arguing against nuclear proliferation?

  16. All of the UNSC permanent members have nuclear weapons. Is this right?

  17. Would Japanese permanent membership upset the regional balance of power in Asia?

  18. Should your country become a permanent member of the UNSC?

  19. Did you like this discussion?

TEXT

S. Korea to block Japanese Security Council bid


BNE: South Korea has thrown a spanner in the works of Japan’s efforts to join China, France, Russia, USA and UK as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). A top South Korean diplomat has declared Japan too untrustworthy a neighbour to warrant a Security Council seat. South Korea’s envoy to the UN said his government would block any Japanese attempts at permanent membership. Ambassador Kim Sam-hoon said: “We do not think Japan has the qualifications to become a UN Security Council member, and we will try to make sure it does not”. He added: “There are difficulties for a country that does not have the trust of its neighboring countries because of its lack of reflection on the past to play the role of a world leader.”

South Korea and Japan are set for a diplomatic war over this issue. Japan’s greatest international aspiration is to become a permanent member. It is the number two nation in bankrolling the UN. However, South Korea is angry over Japan's claim to a set of disputed islands between the two countries, currently under South Korean control; a new edition of a school history book that that critics say justifies Japan’s actions in World War II; and Prime Minister Koizumi's annual visits to the controversial Yasakuni shrine, which memorializes Japan’s top WWII soldiers. Japan, Germany, Brazil and India are part of a group known as the G4, which all have ambitions on a UNSC seat. America strongly supports Japan’s bid; China has yet to voice its expected opposition.



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