NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 7: Russian Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vladimir Safronkov confers with an aide during a meeting of the United Nations Security Council concerning the situation in Syria, at UN headquarters, April 7, 2017 in New York City. On Thursday night, the United States launched airstrikes directed at Syrian government air bases in response to the chemical attack earlier in the week. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

UNITED NATIONS — Russia objected to a Security Council statement proposed by the U.S. on Wednesday that would have condemned North Korea’s missile tests, despite China’s support of the measure, CBS News’ Pamela Falk reports.
A Security Council diplomat familiar with the negotiations confirmed that the draft press statement was approved by China, the North’s closest ally, as well as the other permanent members of the Security Council. Russia was the lone dissenter.
“Russia is slowing this down, and it is not clear why,” the diplomat told CBS News. “The U.S. wanted to get the message out.”
The statement includes a Security Council demand that “the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea conduct no further tests.” It also states that North Korea’s “illegal ballistic missile activities are contributing to its development of nuclear weapons.”
China has been slow to support statements condemning North Korea in the past, but signed off on the message Wednesday. U.S. …
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