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Communist China and Russia on May 26th vetoed a resolution proposed by the United States (US) for new sanctions against North Korea following the country’s series of intercontinental ballistic missile tests.

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The 15-member Security Council voted 13-2, the first sharp division among the five permanent members with veto powers since North Korea’s first nuclear test in 2006. 

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US Ambassador to the United Nations (UN), expressed her disappointment but was not surprised at the vote. Over the years, the Security Council has passed several sanctions resolutions on North Korea. Thomas-Greenfield said North Korea had launched 23 ballistic missiles this year, including six intercontinental ballistic missiles, “a grave threat to international peace and security.” She added, “The world faces a clear and present danger from the DPRK.” (Note: DPRK is short for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea/North Korea.)

The United Kingdom Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN James Kariuki warned that attempts by two members to silence the Security Council would only embolden North Korea.

After the meeting, Thomas-Greenfield sided with the ambassadors of Japan and South Korea and read a joint statement, calling the vetoes “dangerous” and saying they undermine not only previous Security Council resolutions but also “our collective security.” The three countries vowed not to remain silent and pledged to work together to protect the region and the world from “the DPRK’s continued and unprovoked escalations.”

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