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China and Russia revive push to lift UN sanctions on North Korea

The two countries filed a reworked draft resolution, seen by Reuters on Monday, that proposes removing a ban on Pyongyang’s exports of statues, seafood and textiles, as well as lifting a cap on refined petroleum imports.

China and Russia want the 15-member council to remove those sanctions “with the intent of enhancing the livelihood of the civilian population” in the isolated Asian state, according to the resolution.

North Korea has been subject to UN sanctions since 2006 over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

The draft resolution also includes other measures first proposed by Russia and China nearly two years ago, including lifting a ban on North Koreans working abroad and exempting inter-Korean rail and road cooperation projects from sanctions.

Several UN diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the refreshed draft resolution would find little support. In 2019…

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