Russia and China refused to back a Japanese resolution that would impose sanctions on North Korea for firing a barrage of ballistic missiles, calling instead for a strong Security Council statement without any mention of sanctions.
The United States, Britain and France strongly backed the Japanese draft, with US Ambassador John Bolton saying Thursday that it has "broad and deep support."
After a second meeting of council experts, the five veto-wielding permanent members remained divided over a response to the missile launches.
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