PYONGYANG, North Korea (CNN) – On Tuesday, a United Nations General Assembly committee voted to sanction North Korea on several human rights abuses.
The committee voted in favor of sending North Korea to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.
It also voted for “targeted sanctions” for human rights violations.
However, the General Assembly does not have the power to refer the regime or its leader Kim Jong Un to the International Criminal Court.
That power lies with the U.N. Security Council.
The five permanent members of the Security Council have the power to veto the recommendations.
In the past, representatives from China and Russia have said the measure was politically manipulated and would set a precedent for other nations to be targeted in the future.
China is a longtime ally of North Korea.