US wants UN Security Council to vote on North Korea sanctions in May

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A North Korean flag flies next to the accordion wire at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 9, 2017. REUTERS/Edgar su//File Photo

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UNITED NATIONS, May 3 (Reuters) – The United States would like the UN Security Council to vote in May to further sanction North Korea for its new ballistic missile launches, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said on Tuesday. United, Linda Thomas-Greenfield. .

The United States circulated a first draft resolution to the 15-member council last month that proposed to ban tobacco and halve oil exports to North Korea and blacklist the hacking group Lazarus. Read more

However, Russia and China have already signaled their opposition to tougher sanctions in response to Pyongyang’s March launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile – its first since 2017. A Security Council resolution requires nine “yeses” to be passed, without a veto from Russia, China, France, Britain or the United States.

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“We expect to move forward with this resolution during this month,” US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield told reporters when asked if she would put it to a vote. The United States is President of the Security Council for the month of May.

“We are very concerned about the situation,” Thomas-Greenfield said. “We hope we can keep the council unified in condemning these actions by the DPRK (North Korea).”

North Korea has been under UN sanctions since 2006, which the UN Security Council has intensified over the years in an effort to cut off funding for nuclear weapons programs and ballistic missiles from Pyongyang.

But the hermit Asian state has worked successfully to evade some UN sanctions, according to independent UN sanctions monitors, who reported in February that North Korean cyberattacks on cryptocurrency exchanges were paying off. in Pyongyang hundreds of millions of dollars. Read more

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Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by David Gregorio

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