China and Russia block new sanctions against North Korea

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China and Russia on Thursday vetoed tougher sanctions against North Korea at the United Nations Security Council. The additional sanctions were requested by the United States in response to three missile tests the communist country staged on Wednesday. The other members of the Security Council supported the American resolution.

The proposal contained a number of sanctions. For example, the amount of oil North Korea is allowed to import would be limited. It also provided for sanctions against the Lazarus hacker collective, affiliated with the North Korean regime.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield called the day a “disappointing day” for the Security Council. At the same time, the Sino-Russian veto was expected. China is a close ally of North Korea, and relations between Russia and the West have deteriorated due to Russia’s war in Ukraine.

China and Russia have said they would rather see a non-binding Security Council statement condemning the missile tests than introduce new sanctions.

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