NEW YORK, USA - MAY 19: A general view of Security Council meeting about ''Maintenance of international peace and security - Conflict and food security'' at United Nations HQ in New York City, United States on May 19, 2022. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/An UNITED NATIONS (AP) - China and Russia vetoed a U.N.
resolution sponsored by the United States on Thursday that would have imposed tough new sanctions on North Korea for its spate of intercontinental ballistic missile launches that can be used to deliver nuclear weapons.The vote in the 15-member Security Council was 13-2 and marked the first serious division among the five veto-wielding permanent members of the U.N.’s most powerful body on a North Korea sanctions resolution.A united Security Council imposed sanctions after North Korea’s first nuclear test explosion in 2006 and tightened them over the years in a total of 10 resolutions seeking -- so far unsuccessfully -- to rein in its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and cut off funding.But China and Russia told the Security Council after the vote that they oppose more sanctions, stressing that what’s needed now is renewed dialogue between North Korea and the United States.U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield expressed disappointment but not surprise at the vote, calling North Korea’s 23 ballistic missile launches this year, including six ICBMs after a five-year suspension, "a grave threat to international peace and security.""The world faces a clear and present danger from the DPRK," she said, using the initials of the country’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and citing its continued pursuit of weapons of mass destruction.In the last sanctions resolution adopted by the council in December
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