China, Russia oppose US sanctions strategy
(MENAFN) On Thursday, the United Nations Security Council struggled to achieve an agreement on fresh sanctions targeting North Korea (the DPRK). Washington recommended the sanctions in the aftermath of Pyongyang's latest missile launch this week, which coincided with US Vice President Joe Biden's Asia travel.
The vote came only a day following North Korea was accused of testing its strongest intercontinental ballistic missile, as well as two other missiles. Prior to the voting, US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield urged world solidarity in the face of "a threat to the entire international community."
Nevertheless, on humanitarian reasons, China and Russia opposed fresh measures, citing their futility and even "inhumanity" as North Korea battles to contain a huge Covid-19 epidemic.
Following its first nuclear test in 2006, the UN Security Council imposed sanctions on the nation, which have since been reinforced. Since the most recent round of sanctions in 2017, Moscow and Beijing have progressively argued that further stress is a dead end that is unlikely to convince Pyongyang to disarm unilaterally.
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