China և Russia yesterday vetoed a US initiative to impose additional UN sanctions on North Korea over the resumption of ballistic missile launches.
This is the first public split in the Security Council over sanctions against North Korea since 2006, when the first restrictions were imposed on Pyongyang.
The other 13 members of the UN Security Council supported a US-sponsored resolution banning the export of tobacco oil to North Korea. The leader of that country, Kim Jong Un, is a heavy smoker. In addition, the list of sanctions would include the hacker group Lazarus, which, according to the United States, is linked to North Korea.
On the eve of the vote, North Korea fired three missiles.
Earlier this month, US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said that “it is time to end the tacit permission and start acting.”
Over the past 16 years, the UN Security Council has repeatedly tightened sanctions to halt funding for North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. The last time international sanctions against Pyongyang were tightened was in 2017.