US, China, Russia argue over N Korea missile launch at UN

The United States, China and Russia argued during a United Nations Security Council meeting on Monday over who was to blame for spurring North Korea’s dozens of ballistic missile launches and development of a nuclear weapons program.

China and Russia blamed joint military drills by the US and South Korea for provoking Pyongyang while Washington accuses Beijing and Moscow of emboldening North Korea by shielding it from more sanctions.

North Korea has been under UN sanctions for its missile and nuclear programs since 2006.

Russia and China also again raised nuclear concerns over a security pact known as AUKUS that will see Australia develop a nuclear-powered submarine program with the United States and Britain.

The United States and Britain both rejected their concerns and told the council that AUKUS does not violate the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty.

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