The split in the United Nations (UN) is stark. China and Russia on Thursday vetoed a US resolution imposing new sanctions to allow North Korea’s ballistic missile strikes at the UN Security Council. The other thirteen members of the Council voted in favor of Pyongyang’s speech to reduce imports of crude and refined oil.
The U.S. draft resolution plans to ban the sale or exchange of North Korea’s mineral fuels, watches and clocks and tobacco. The text also aims to intensify the fight against Pyongyang’s cyber activities.
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Behind the scenes, many Washington allies lamented the United States’ insistence that a referendum be held knowing that China and Russia would use their veto. An unnamed ambassador explained that for Americans, doing nothing was “worse than blocking a two-state resolution.”
Since the year 2017, when the Council unanimously approved three rounds of sanctions, the US Ambassador to the United States has underlined that “the control and silence of the Council has not eliminated or reduced the threat.” Her attitude. “On the contrary, North Korea has been emboldened by the inaction of this council,” he said.
Beijing and Moscow call for talks
His Chinese envoy, Zhang Jun, during a tense exchange with US diplomats, accused the United States of wanting “failure” and “excluding the Council from negotiations and compromises.” “The key aspect of the matter is whether they want to use the Korean Peninsula document for what is called the Indo-Pacific Strategy,” he said.
Prior to the vote, he told reporters that Beijing’s “total” disagreement (…) would make Asia a battleground or any attempt to create conflicts or tensions there. Zhang Jun called on the United States to “work to promote a political solution,” saying the new sanctions would have “humanitarian consequences” in North Korea, which has recently been tested by several Govt.
Russia’s UN envoy Vasily Nebenzia has accused the United States of ignoring Pyongyang’s calls to end its “hostile actions.” “Our American and Western counterparts seem to be suffering an equal blow to the literary community. They seem to have no response to crisis situations other than the introduction of new barriers,” he said.
Under a new procedure recently adopted at Liechtenstein’s initiative, China and Russia should soon explain to the United Nations General Assembly why they used their veto on Thursday.
Fear that Pyongyang will conduct 7th nuclear test
After the plan was rejected and the UN in the North Korean file. After a clear view of the Security Council section, it may be difficult for the organization to sustain the pressure to use the sanctions decided in 2017, diplomats fear. During that time, many sectoral and personal actions were taken against North Korea in the oil, coal, iron ore, fishing and textile sectors.
If the North Koreans had developed their own ballistic weapons and possessed multiple atomic bombs, they would not have yet succeeded in combining the two technologies to possess a missile with a nuclear head, according to the ambassadors.
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North Korea has launched new missiles this week, including perhaps its largest intercontinental ballistic missile, following US President Joe Biden’s visit to Asia. At the UN, the United Kingdom, France and South Korea have expressed their fears that North Korea will test a seventh nuclear bomb, the first in five years.
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