UN Security Council fails

UN Security Council fails

UN Security Council fails
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The UN Security Council failed to pass a resolution aiming at imposing further sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on Thursday (DPRK).

The proposal, which was approved by 13 Security Council members, was vetoed by China and Russia.
While explaining China’s vote, Zhang Jun, China’s permanent representative to the United Nations, stated, “China has consistently maintained that the Security Council resolutions on the DPRK constitute an essential whole that must be implemented comprehensively, completely, and accurately.

The nations involved should not focus solely on sanction implementation, but should also seek to support a political settlement and reduce sanctions when appropriate.”

In the current circumstances, any sanctions against the DPRK would simply exacerbate the problem and escalate the conflict, Zhang said, adding that extra sanctions will also have a bigger humanitarian impact, particularly given the country’s impending COVID-19.

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China places a high value on the Council’s unity and cooperation. Under the current circumstances, the Council should analyse what is truly impeding peace and stability on the peninsula, as well as be concerned about the real livelihood challenges of the DPRK people, in order to inject urgency into resolving the peninsula problem, he added.

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