China-Russia to block US sanctions against North Korea

Tensions between North Korea and the United States continue to rise. China and Russia have blocked a UN Security Council resolution imposing sanctions on five North Korean nationals in response to North Korea’s recent missile launch. The diplomats said this on Friday.

China rejects US proposal ahead of Security Council meeting on North Korea Soon after, Russia similarly opposed the proposal. Along with Beijing, Moscow has long maintained its position against increasing pressure on North Korea. It has even called for an end to international sanctions against North Korea on humanitarian grounds.

Last week, Washington imposed sanctions on five citizens of the country linked to North Korea’s ballistic missile program. At the same time, they are trying to extend the UN sanctions against the five.