North Korea escapes further sanctions as Russia, China wield veto

China and Russia have vetoed an effort to tighten United Nations sanctions on North Korea after a spate of missile launches this year, in the first split among the five veto-wielding permanent members of the UN’s most powerful body since it began sanctioning Pyongyang in 2006.

The remaining 13 council members all voted in favour of the resolution that was drafted by the United States and proposed banning tobacco and oil exports to North Korea. It would also have blacklisted the Lazarus hacking group, which the US says is tied to North Korea.

A united Security Council imposed sanctions after North Korea’s first nuclear test explosion in 2006 and tightened them over the years in a total of 10 resolutions seeking – so far unsuccessfully – to rein in its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes and cut off funding. This year alone, the country has carried out a total of 23 missile launches, three of them in the space of less than an hour on Wednesday morning.

US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield described the vote as a “disappointing day” for the council.

“The world faces a clear and present danger from the DPRK (North Korea),” she told the council, using the country’s official name of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. “Council restraint and silence has not eliminated or even reduced the threat. If anything, DPRK has been emboldened.”

She said Washington had assessed that North Korea had carried out six ICBM launches this year and was “actively preparing to conduct a nuclear test”.

British, French and South Korean envoys voiced similar fears. Pyongyang last carried out a nuclear test in 2017.

“Using a veto protects the North Korean regime and gives it carte blanche to launch more weapons,” said the French ambassador, Nicolas de Riviere.

After vetoing further action, China and Russia told the Security Council that the US needed to improve dialogue with North Korea rather than opt for more sanctions.

The two countries have been pushing for sanctions to be eased on humanitarian grounds.

also read..

Texas college capturing victims take motion towards gunmaker

News Editor

Pakistan vs West Indies: Karachi police chalk out comprehensive security plan

Robbers who stole money from Chinese national meet accident; one dies, two injured

News Editor

Pakistan, Turkey support each other on all core issues, says PM ahead of visit

News Editor

On-duty security guard shoots himself dead

News Editor

‘In the public interest’: ACCC’s Sims urges Federal Court to hear Apple vs Epic Games case

News Editor