Daily Review: Russia’s U.N. Veto Could Signal New Era for North Korea

Daily Review: Russia’s U.N. Veto Could Signal New Era for North Korea
Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shake hands during their meeting at the Vostochny cosmodrome outside the city of Tsiolkovsky, Russia, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023 (Vladimir Smirnov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP).

Russia vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution yesterday that would have extended the mandate of a panel of experts monitoring U.N. sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear program. The mandate had been extended annually for 14 years. (AP)

Our Take

For the past decade, opposition to North Korea’s nuclear program was one of the last remaining consensus issues to survive growing geopolitical tensions between the West, on one side, and Russia and China, on the other. Of course, Moscow and especially Beijing have been accused of being lax when it comes to the enforcement of sanctions against Pyongyang. But both had at least paid lip service to the issue on the international stage.

Now, Russia’s veto has brought an end to even that, with Moscow accusing the West of seeking to “strangle” North Korea with the sanctions.

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