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The U.N. Security Council can pass resolutions which all U.N. member states are required to comply with. 5 of these are permanent members. The permanent members can veto any action of the Security Council.

In 1950 the Security Council passed SC Resolution 83, which sanctioned the use of combined forces to repel the North Korean invasion of South Korea. The action passed - partially because the Soviet Union was boycotting the United Nations at the time.

I am wondering what could have happened if the Soviet Union had vetoed this resolution. Did the UN's policies in 1950* contain a way to pass a resolution if one of the permanent members vetoes it? Could the UN have intervened another way if the Soviet Union had vetoed this resolution?


Shortly after this the U.N. passed Resolution 377, which allows the General Assembly to act when the 5 permanent members of the Security Council don't agree. This question is about what tools were available prior to Resolution 377

  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because There's an existing answer on SE network. – user4012 Apr 29 '18 at 18:13
  • @user4012 Hi, I've seen that question. I've changed my question. – Zebrafish Apr 29 '18 at 18:16
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    VTC. This is asking about a hypothetical situation. One of our close reasons is for inviting speculation. Asking about a hypothetical situation is inviting speculation. – indigochild Apr 29 '18 at 18:53
  • Nitpick on the terms: the "Korean War" started before Resolution 377 was even drafted, as it started when North Korea troops invaded the South. Resolution 377 and later Chinese intervention did escalate the war but did not start it. – SJuan76 Apr 29 '18 at 23:43
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    @Zebrafish That question sounds very different than what you had posted in the question. I would upvote (and probably try to answer) the question you just articulated. Maybe you want something like, "Do the UN Security Council's policies include any way to pass a resolution when one member vetos?". – indigochild Apr 30 '18 at 15:32

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