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The General Assembly is now required for any measure that sparks a veto in the Security Council by one of its five permanent members.

China and Russia defended their vetoes of a strongly backed US resolution that would have imposed tough new sanctions on North Korea at a first-ever General Assembly.

The General Assembly is now required for any measure that sparks a veto in the Security Council by one of its five permanent members.

The close allies reiterated their opposition to more sanctions, and blamed the United States for rising tensions on the Korean peninsula. Both China and Russia insisted on dialogue between North Korea and the Biden administration.

Nearly 70 countries signed up to speak at the open meeting which General Assembly President Abdalla Shahid hailed as making the UN more efficient and accountable. “It is with good reason that it has been coined as `revolutionary' by several world leaders I have recently met,” he said.

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A united Security Council imposed sanctions after North Korea's first nuclear test explosion in 2006 and tightened them over the years in a total of 10 resolutions seeking -- so far unsuccessfully -- to rein in its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and cut off funding.

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