US Left Fuming As Russia, China Block New UN Sanctions Against North Korea Officials

Russia, China Block New UN Sanctions Against North Korean Officials

By Uganda Online Media

President Yoweri Museveni has appointed Maj Tom Magambo who has been in the Internal Security Organisations(ISO) as the new police Criminal Investigations Director.

“President Museveni has promoted Private Tom Magambo to the rank of Major and appointed him Director Criminal Investigations of the Uganda Police Force,” the acting UPDF spokesperson, Lt Col Ronald Kakurungu said in a statement.

In just weeks after North Korea undertook four ballistic missile launches, Russia and China have blocked the UN Security Council from imposing new sanctions on the country’s officials. The development has left the US fuming as it dubbed the other country’s “unlawful behavior… a threat to international peace and security”.

At an emergency council meeting on the North’s four ballistic missile launches in the last two weeks, the United States called on the 15 council members to approve a brief press statement recalling that such launches violate council resolutions and strongly urging Pyongyang to comply with its council obligations “and to engage in dialogue towards denuclearization.”

While Pyongyang has not tested inter-continental ballistic missiles or nukes since 2017, North Korea on Thursday hinted at a resumption as it prepares “for a long-term confrontation” with Washington.

The country’s political bureau also called for national defenses to be bolstered with more powerful physical means, giving instructions to the relevant sector to “promptly examine the issue of restarting all temporarily-suspended activities”. 

“The hostile policy and military threat by the US has reached a dangerous line that can not be overlooked anymore,” read an excerpt from a report published by the state-run Korea news agency after a Politburo meeting.

The North’s Foreign Ministry warned of stronger action after the U.S. imposed new sanctions last week and on Thursday and added that the country will consider restarting “all temporally-suspended activities” which it had paused during its diplomacy with the Trump administration. This appeared to be a threat to resume testing of nuclear explosives and long-range missiles.

The news agency also said North Korea’s leader Kim Jong presided over the Politburo meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party where officials set policy goals for “immediately bolstering” military capabilities to counter the Americans’ “hostile moves.”

Earlier this month, the Joe Biden-led US administration had imposed its first sanctions over the recent missile launches.

The sanctions targeted six North Koreans, one Russian and a Russian firm Washington said were responsible for procuring goods for the programs from Russia and China.

While seven other countries joined the US to call for a unified response against North Korea’s violations, others have now countered the move.

The U.N. Security Council initially imposed sanctions on North Korea after its first nuclear test in 2006 and made them tougher in response to further nuclear tests and an increasingly sophisticated ballistic missile program.

In 2018, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the sanctions had cut off all North Korean exports and 90% of its trade and disbanded the pool of workers that North Korea sent abroad to earn hard currency but Pyongyang has managed to evade some measures.

China and Russia circulated a draft resolution in November urging the Security Council to end a host of sanctions against North Korea including a ban on exports of seafood and textiles, a cap on imports of refined petroleum products and a prohibition on its citizens working overseas and sending home their earnings.

It stressed the economic difficulties in North Korea and said these and other sanctions should be lifted “with the intent of enhancing the livelihood of the civilian population.”

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