Friday, May 27, 2022

UN Security Council fails to adopt new sanctions on North Korea, Russia, China veto US resolution

The UN Security Council failed to adopt new US-backed sanctions on North Korea on Thursday due to opposition from China and Russia.

The council's 13 other members voted in favor of the new economic penalties in response to Pyongyang's ballistic missile and nuclear tests. But China and Russia's statuses as permanent council members mean their opposition is an effective veto of the draft resolution.

The vote came one day after North Korea carried out a series of ballistic missile tests, including of one believed to be its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

The sanctions envisioned in the draft text would have targeted North Korea's tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes as well as mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation.

It warned of "further significant measures in the event of a further DPRK intercontinental ballistic missile launch or any other launch contributing to the development of a ballistic missile system or technology capable of such ranges or nuclear test."

Explaining its veto, China said it believes that "dialogue and negotiations are the only viable way to resolve the problem."

"Reliance on sanctions will not help to resolve the issue," said China’s UN ambassador Zhang Jun. "Security Council sanctions are a means, not an end."

Those sentiments were echoed by Russia, which cited the "ineffectiveness and the inhumanity of further strengthening the sanctions pressure on Pyongyang."

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