© Reuters. From the file: United States Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas Greenfield speaks before the United Nations Security Council during a meeting amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine at United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA.

By Michelle Nichols

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas Greenfield said on Tuesday the United States would push again for more United Nations sanctions against North Korea if it conducted a seventh nuclear test, despite opposition from China and Russia.

China and Russia vetoed a US-led effort last week to impose more UN sanctions on North Korea over its renewed ballistic missile launches.

Thomas Greenfield warned that North Korea was “actively preparing to conduct a nuclear test”. She said on Tuesday that if that happened, the United States would “certainly” again push for more UN sanctions against Pyongyang.

“First we have to impose the sanctions that we are imposing,” she told reporters. And we will certainly push – as we tried in the last decision – to impose additional sanctions.”

Over the past 16 years, the Security Council has steadily and unanimously tightened sanctions to stop funding Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. Most recently, it tightened sanctions against Pyongyang in 2017.

Since then, China and Russia have been pushing for sanctions relief on humanitarian grounds.

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