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Russia and the Chinese Communist Party vetoed a U.S.-led resolution in the U.N. Security Council that sought to impose additional sanctions on North Korea after it conducted a ballistic missile test a day earlier, UPI reported on May 27.

The vote was held on Thursday, with the 15-member Security Council voting overwhelmingly 13-2 in favor of sanctions, a resolution aimed at banning tobacco, reducing oil exports to North Korea, and freezing the assets of Lazarus Group hackers.

However, Russia and the CCP, which have veto power as permanent members, blocked the resolution, marking the first time the Security Council has been divided on the issue since sanctions against North Korea began in 2006.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas Greenfield said in a joint statement on behalf of the United States, Japan, and South Korea that the failure to pass a new resolution undermined previously agreed actions by the Security Council and would only encourage North Korea to pursue further provocation. South Korean Ministry spokesman Choi Young-sam said the failure to adopt the resolution greatly undermined the international community’s confidence in the Security Council.

Edited and posted by: Kayla J.

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