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  • Updated: May 26, 2022

United Nations Security Council Sets Vote On Tougher North Korea Sanctions

The United Nations Security Council will vote on a push by the United States to strengthen sanctions on North Korea over recent ballistic missile launches.

The vote on Thursday comes a day after the North fired 3 missiles, including one thought to be its largest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the latest in a string of banned ballistic missile launches that the country has carried out this year, Aljazeera.

AFP news agency reports a senior US official on anonymity said; “That was a provision of that resolution.

"That’s precisely what happened and so we feel it’s now time to take action.

"The draft resolution would further restrict North Korea’s ability to advance its unlawful weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programmes.

"It would streamline sanctions implementation and further facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to those in need."

China and Russia, however, have been pushing for an easing of sanctions on humanitarian grounds telling a council meeting that they wanted to see new talks and not more punishment.

North Korea has been subject to UN sanctions since 2006, which the Security Council has steadily and unanimously stepped up over the years to cut off funding for the country's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes.

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