UN Security Council unity against North Korea

The Chinese and Russians vetoed a US decision to impose sanctions on Pyongyang after new ballistic missile strikes.

China and Russia on Thursday, May 26, vetoed the United Nations Security Council against a US decision to impose new sanctions on North Korea over its ballistic missile launches, clearly demonstrating a divided situation while at the risk of allowing Pyongyang to take advantage of it. The other 13 council members voted in favor of the text, which specifically stipulates reducing Pyongyang’s imports of crude and refined oil.

Behind the scenes, many Washington allies lamented the US insistence on a vote knowing that China and Russia would veto. For Americans, it wasn’t doing anything.”Worse than the scenario of two states blocking the decision’,” the ambassador explained on condition of anonymity.

Since 2017, when the council unanimously adopted three sets of tougher sanctions”,The restraint and silence on the part of the Council did not eliminate or even reduce the threat‘” stressed the US ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas Greenfield, justifying her approach.On the contrary, the inaction of this council has emboldened North Korea“, power.

His Chinese counterpart, Zhang Jun, in a tense exchange with the American diplomat, accused the United States of wanting to “Loss“And the”The Council distanced itself from dialogue and reconciliation“.”crux of the problem“, He said, “Is whether they want to use the Korean Peninsula file for the so-called Indo-Pacific strategyHe told reporters before the vote that he disagreed.sumFrom BeijingFor any attempt to make (…) Asia a battlefield or to create clashes or tensions there“.

Zhang Jun called the United States to “Working to promote a political solutionclaiming that the new sanctions will have humanitarian consequences in North Korea, which has recently been tested by multiple cases of Covid.

Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzia, accused the United States of ignoring Pyongyang’s calls for an end tohostile activities“.”Our fellow Americans and Westerners seem to suffer the equivalent of writer’s block. They seem to have no response to crisis situations other than imposing new sanctions‘, he did not say.

Afraid of a nuclear test

The US draft resolution also planned to ban North Korean exports of mineral fuels, watches and clocks, and any sale or transfer of tobacco to Pyongyang. The text also aims to further combat Pyongyang’s cyber activities.

After the rejection of this project and a clear display of the UN Security Council’s division over North Korea, this body may find it difficult to maintain pressure to implement the sanctions established in 2017, diplomats fear. At that time, multiple sectoral and individual actions were taken against North Korea in the areas of oil, coal, iron, fishing, and textiles.

If the North Koreans have developed their own ballistic weapons and have several atomic bombs, then, according to diplomats, they have not yet managed to combine the two technologies in order to obtain a missile with a nuclear warhead. North Korea launched new missiles this week, including perhaps the largest ICBM, shortly after US President Joe Biden’s visit to Asia.

At the United Nations, the United Kingdom, France and South Korea expressed concerns that North Korea would conduct a seventh nuclear test, declared imminent, which would be the first in five years. regretseverely“Vote”This represents the division of the council“The French ambassador, Nicolas de Riviere, considered the use of the veto power.”It amounts to protecting the North Korean regime and giving it a blank check so it spreads more“.

Under a newly adopted measure initiated by Liechtenstein, China and Russia should soon explain to the UN General Assembly why they vetoed Thursday.

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