Russia and China protect Kim Jong Un, accuses the US before the UN Security Council

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The United States accused this Wednesday China and Russia to favor the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by shielding Pyongyang from attempts to tighten UN Security Council sanctions imposed over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

"The DPRK (North Korea) has enjoyed the blanket protection of two members of this council," said US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield. "In summary, two permanent members of the Security Council have favored Kim Jong Un“.

The Council, made up of 15 members, met on Wednesday to discuss North Korea, after this country, endowed with nuclear weapons, fired last Tuesday a ballistic missile that flew over the territory of Japan for the first time in five years, and that it was considered a warning for the residents of that country to take cover.

Chinese deputy ambassador to the UN Geng Shuang said that the Security Council should play a constructive role "instead of relying solely on strong rhetoric or pressure."

“Debates and deliberations must contribute to de-escalation, rather than fuel escalation. must promote the resumption of dialogue instead of widening differences and forge unity instead of creating divisions,” he said.

In May, China and Russia vetoed an initiative led by the United States to impose further UN sanctions on North Korea over its new ballistic missile launches, publicly splitting the UN Security Council for the first time since it began punishing Pyongyang in 2006.

Russia's deputy ambassador to the UN, Anna Evstigneeva, told the Security Council that “introducing new sanctions against the DPRK is a dead end” and brings “zero results”.

“We are convinced that the UN and Security Council mechanisms should be used to support inter-Korean dialogue and multilateral negotiations, instead of becoming an impediment“, he added. (rts)

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