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Assembly Gives Thumbs-Down to Russia’s Veto on DPR Korea Sanctions Panel – Let’s Dig In!

Sharp divisions emerged on Thursday as the General Assembly debated Russia’s veto on the Security Council which blocked renewal of the sanctions panel which monitors the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) nuclear weapon and missile programmes.

This is the third time this year that the world body has met to examine veto use among the Security Council’s permanent members – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States – including on the situation in Gaza regarding a US veto.

Last week, Russia vetoed action to renew the panel of experts’ mandate to assist the Council’s DPRK sanctions committee. Current sanctions include an arms embargo and measures to prevent the proliferation of nuclear, ballistic missiles and other mass destruction-related programmes.

At the outset of Thursday’s meeting, Assembly President Dennis Francis told ambassadors that the recurring use of the veto undermines international peace and security.

The spectre of nuclear conflict must compel us to move from rhetoric to tangible action,” he said, recalling his visit in October to the demilitarised zone between the Republic of Korea and DPRK – more commonly known as South and North Korea respectively – underlining that the current situation is tense.

New draft resolution

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said his delegation had vetoed the draft resolution tabled by the United States for a number of reasons, among them that extending the panel of experts’ mandate would not contribute to normalising the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

“The basic mechanisms of the sanctions are failing,” he said, noting that all other restrictive measures against States are subject to review, but none of that applies to DPRK. “The indefinite maintenance of draconian measures is doomed to fail.”

The panel had been reduced to kowtowing to Western powers amid aggressive propaganda and sabre rattling, he said, while underlining that the sanctions have had severe humanitarian consequences.

As such, he said Russia plans to submit shortly a draft resolution to extend the panel’s mandate for one year, with a clear determination for the Security Council to update the parameters of the sanctions regime.

DPRK condemns double standards

Ambassador Kim Song of DPRK said nuclear weapons are stockpiled in many countries, including the US, yet Pyongyang is the only one facing sanctions.

Inhumane double standards exist in terms of States rights to defend themselves, he said, adding that Council sanctions are the product of the “heinous policies” of the US that hinder DPRK’s sovereignty, right to development and existence.

“This meeting today is not a simple gathering to hear and understand the exercise of the veto,” the ambassador said.

“Rather, it serves as an important occasion to determined whether we will leave Security Council to be a tool of the United States…or we make the Council to ensure justice and impartiality and perform its function as required by the international community.”

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12 Comments

  1. It is concerning to see the recurring use of veto power, especially when it pertains to critical matters like nuclear proliferation. The international community must work towards finding solutions that prioritize peace and security over political interests.

  2. It is concerning to see the continued use of veto power which is hindering progress in addressing critical issues like nuclear proliferation. The General Assembly must unite to find solutions that promote international peace and security.

  3. It’s disappointing to see how Russia’s veto is hindering progress on addressing the nuclear weapon and missile programs of North Korea. The international community must prioritize cooperation over division to avoid escalating tensions and potential conflicts.

  4. It’s really troubling to see the continuous misuse of veto power by certain Security Council members. The world needs to unite and take concrete steps to ensure international peace and security are not compromised any further.

  5. It’s disappointing to see Russia continue to block efforts aimed at monitoring DPRK’s nuclear weapons. The General Assembly must take decisive action to ensure international peace and security.

  6. As a long-time observer of global politics, it is concerning to see the continued use of veto power that hinders progress in crucial matters like nuclear disarmament. The international community needs to find alternative solutions to ensure the safety and security of all nations involved.

  7. It’s disappointing that Russia is repeatedly using its veto power to block necessary actions regarding DPRK’s nuclear program. International cooperation is crucial for ensuring peace and security in the region.

  8. It’s concerning to see Russia veto the renewal of the panel monitoring DPRK’s nuclear programs. The recurring use of the veto only adds to the tension in the region. International peace and security should be the priority.

  9. It’s concerning to see the continuous misuse of veto power by certain countries, like Russia, that disrupts the narrative of international peace and security. The sanctions on DPRK are key in preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. Let’s hope for a more collaborative approach in future discussions.

  10. It’s disappointing to see Russia vetoing the renewal of the sanctions panel. The international community must unite to address the growing nuclear threat posed by the DPRK. Let’s hope for a resolution that prioritizes global security over political interests.

  11. Is there any possibility of finding a compromise despite Russia’s veto on the DPR Korea sanctions panel?

  12. It’s alarming how the recurring use of veto power by certain permanent members of the Security Council is jeopardizing global peace and security. Action must be taken to overcome these sharp divisions and ensure progress towards resolving the tense situations like the one between South and North Korea.

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