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    US, Allies Clash With Russia, China Over North Korea’s Failed Military Spy Satellite Launch

    US, Allies Clash With Russia, China Over North Korea's Failed Military Spy Satellite Launch

    UNITED (AP) — The United States and its allies clashed with Russia and on Friday over North Korea's failed launch of a spy satellite this week in violation of multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions, which Moscow and Beijing refused to condemn.

    The confrontation was the latest over the North's escalating nuclear, ballistic missile and military programs, which U.S. deputy ambassador Robert Wood warned are threatening international peace and security. The failed launch “not only disrupted maritime and air traffic in the region, but it also caused alarm for its neighbors in Japan and the Republic of Korea,” he said.

    Pyongyang is threatening another launch soon.

    The 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. In the last sanctions resolution adopted by the council in December 2017, members committed to further restricting petroleum exports to North Korea if it conducted a ballistic missile launch capable of reaching intercontinental ranges.

    China and Russia vetoed a U.S.-sponsored resolution in May 2022 that would have imposed sanctions, including on petroleum exports, over a spate of intercontinental ballistic missile launches. Since then, they have blocked…

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