China, Russia Veto Tougher Sanctions On North Korea

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The Facts

  • On Thurs., China and Russia vetoed a US-drafted resolution proposing more UN sanctions on North Korea, breaking the body's unanimity on the subject for the first time since 2006.

  • The vote was pushed by the US, based on a provision of the Security Council Res. 2397 after Pyongyang fired three missiles on Wed., including one suspected to be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

The Spin

Pro-establishment narrative

Kim Jong-un is a mad man who poses a severe threat to the stability of the Korean peninsula and the security of the rest of the world. The US has so far failed to negotiate an end to nuclear weapons in exchange for humanitarian aid - it's time the US turns up the heat on North Korea's dictatorship.

Establishment-critical narrative

North Korea has been pushed into a corner by the West. For years Pyongyang made a goodwill effort towards diplomacy with the West and denuclearization, but all it got in return was snubbed and strong-armed. Powerful weapons are needed for nuclear war deterrence, and to avert imperialist threats and blackmail.

Nerd narrative

There's a 94% chance Kim Jong-Un will remain the de facto leader of North Korea until January 1, 2024, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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