15 years after Security Council vetoes resolution, North Korea escapes new sanctions
New York: China and Russia, using their veto power 15 years later, vetoed new sanctions against North Korea.
According to foreign media, China and Russia vetoed the US resolution imposing new sanctions on North Korea. The United States has called on the Security Council to suspend uranium enrichment of North Korea, citing new intercontinental ballistic missile tests, which have been vetoed by Russia and China.
The resolution passed with nine votes and no veto from the permanent members of the Security Council. Thirteen members of the Security Council voted in favor of the resolution.
The right of veto has been exercised by the permanent members after 15 years. The last time a resolution was vetoed by permanent members of the Security Council was in 2006. The permanent members of the Security Council are the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom and France.
North Korea has conducted more than 16 intercontinental ballistic missile tests this year.