The United States, on Wednesday, May 11, clashed with China and Russia over the U.S. push for new U.N. sanctions against North Korea over its missile and nuclear programs.

Washington’s U.N. envoy Linda Thomas-Greenfield said that two members—China and Russia—were blocking U.S. efforts to tighten U.N. sanctions against Pyongyang, which has carried out more than a dozen illegal weapons tests so far this year.

She added that North Korea had launched at least three intercontinental ballistic missiles this year, and the U.N. Security Council has stayed silent.

China’s U.N. envoy Zhang Jun countered, stating a draft United States resolution was not constructive and fresh sanctions were not an appropriate way to address the current situation on the peninsula.

Zhang Jun added that sanctions are but a means to an end and should always serve the overall goal of political settlement.
She said that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea had launched 17 ballistic missiles.

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