The UN Security Council has taken no action after meeting on North Korea's latest ballistic missile tests.
Council diplomats say all 15 members encouraged dialogue and negotiations on North Korea's nuclear program but disagreed on the need for a statement.
Last Friday, the council unanimously adopted a resolution to renew the mandate of UN experts monitoring sanctions against the North.
Hours earlier, the 15 council members discussed Pyongyang's latest test firings at a sanctions committee meeting.
On Tuesday, Russia and China both mentioned their proposed December 2019 resolution, UN diplomats said.
It would terminate sanctions on North Korean exports such as textiles, seafood and statues, "with the intent of enhancing the livelihood of the civilian population".
The Russia-China draft resolution has languished and whether the Security Council takes any action remains to be seen.
Russia's deputy UN ambassador Dmitry Polyansky told reporters Tuesday "it's still a time of assessment" of the recent missile tests.
US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said on Monday the Biden administration is looking at "additional actions" that the United Nations might take to respond to the latest tests but she wasn't specific about what those actions might entail.
Last week, North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea in defiance of UN resolutions banning such launches.
Some experts said the launches, the first of their kind in a year, were aimed at applying pressure on the Biden administration which is finalising a review on how to approach the reclusive north Asian nation.
On Monday, North Korea accused the UN of a "double standard" over its reaction to the launches, warning of serious consequences.
France's UN Ambassador Nicolas De Riviere tweeted on Tuesday: "Today at the Security Council, I recalled that North Korea's recent ballistic missile launches violate Security Council resolutions.
"The continued development of (hash)NKorea's missiles and nuclear programs constitutes a major threat to international peace and security."
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who recently returned from Tokyo and Seoul, said on Monday the US, Japan and South Korea are united in dealing with the challenges posed by Pyongyang.
Australian Associated Press
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