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Russia and China back North Korea's first veto at the United Nations

Speaking at a first-of-its-kind General Assembly meeting on Wednesday, China and Russia spoken against a heavily backed U.S. resolution imposing tough new sanctions against North Korea.

According to the new rules, under any veto exercised by one of the five permanent members in the Security Council, the General Assembly has to examine that veto.

Both China and Russia reiterated their opposition to new sanctions, blaming the United States for growing tensions on the Korean peninsula. They urged the Biden administration to engage North Korea in dialogue.

Nearly 70 countries signed up to speak at the open meeting which General Assembly President Abdalla Shahid hailed as making the U.N. more efficient and accountable. “It is with good reason that it has been coined as `revolutionary’ by several world leaders I have recently met,” he said.

9 June 2022


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