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Russia plays dual game on North Korean crisis

Strategic concerns shape Moscow's deep ambivalence toward Pyongyang

| China

On Aug. 5, Russia joined the rest of the United Nations Security Council in voting for a U.S.-sponsored resolution to toughen sanctions on North Korea in response to Pyongyang's intercontinental ballistic missile tests on July 3 and 28. Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., praised the council's "strong and united step," and described the resolution as "the single largest package of economic sanctions ever leveled at the regime."

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