Russia & China resume familiar role at UN, Delay any action against North Korea

Russia and China played the same delaying tactics following North Korea’s missile launch in July…  

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A U.S. drive to impose tough international sanctions quickly on North Korea for its reported nuclear explosion faced likely delays on Thursday after China balked at some of the measures sought against the reclusive state.

China and Russia cast doubt on U.S. hopes that the U.N. Security Council would vote on Friday, as Washington wanted, on a package of economic and arms sanctions proposed by the United States and its allies on the Security Council.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, speaking after attending talks between President George W. Bush and a senior Chinese envoy at the White House, also played down expectations of a Friday vote. “I don’t know that it will be tomorrow but I think it will be soon,” Rice said.

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