US wants additional UN sanctions against North Korea

UNITED NATIONS, May 3 (Reuters) – The United States wants the UN Security Council to vote this month to tighten sanctions on North Korea over its new ballistic missile tests , US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said on Tuesday.

A draft resolution was transmitted in April by the United States to the members of the Security Council, with as proposals an embargo on North Korean tobacco and a reduction in oil exports to Pyongyang.

However, Russia and China have already expressed their opposition to additional sanctions against North Korea, which in March fired the first intercontinental ballistic missile since 2017. Both Moscow and Beijing have a right of veto in the Security Council.

“We plan to move this resolution forward within the month,” Linda Thomas-Greenfield told reporters in response to a question about the timing of a possible vote.

The United States holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council in May.

(Report Michelle Nichols; French version Jean Terzian)

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