Unexpected Diplomatic Moves: Russia's Veto Surprises the US at the UN

Written by Henrik Rothen

Apr.03 - 2024 7:00 PM CET

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Russia's Veto on North Korea Sanctions Leaves the US Stunned.

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At a recent UN Security Council vote, Russia's actions took the United States by surprise, marking a significant departure from its previous diplomatic behavior concerning North Korea.

This event, reported by Vietnamese journalists and covered by the news outlet Soha, has sparked discussions and analyses across global media platforms. This is reported by AB News.

A Surprising Turn of Events

The resolution in question aimed to extend the mandate of a commission monitoring sanctions against North Korea for another year. With 15 member countries participating in the vote, 13 supported the resolution.

China abstained, leaving Russia as the only nation to veto the measure. This move by Russia, deviating from its historical stance over the last 14 years, prompted immediate reactions from various quarters.

The Reaction from the US and the West

Following the vote, American media, including The Washington Post, expressed surprise at Russia's veto, highlighting it as an unexpected shift in the nation's approach to sanctions against North Korea.

In response to the ensuing controversy, Vasily Nebenzia, Russia's representative to the UN, defended the decision.

He criticized Western countries for attempting to "strangle" North Korea and described the sanctions as outdated and disconnected from reality.

This explanation did little to quell the criticism from Western diplomats. The US Deputy Ambassador to the UN, Robert Wood, condemned Russia's decision, arguing it threatened global security.

John Kirby, National Security spokesperson for the White House, echoed this sentiment, labeling Russia's move as reckless.

Russia's unexpected veto has opened a new chapter in international relations, especially in the context of sanctions and diplomatic negotiations involving North Korea.

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