Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

NATO made an important decision on North Korea

NATO made an important decision on North Korea

The U.S. has reportedly accused North Korea of breaching a United Nations sanctions cap on refined petroleum by making illicit transfers between ships at sea.

"These sales and any other transfer must immediately stop since the United States believes the DPRK has breached the. refined petroleum products quota for 2018", reads the USA report to the UN that AFP has seen.

A confidential US report sent to a United Nations sanctions committee estimated that at least 759,793 barrels of oil products had been delivered to North Korea between January 1 and May 30, well above the annual quota set at 500,000 barrels.

It welcomed recent talks with North Korea by the leaders of South Korea and the United States "as a contribution towards reaching the final fully verified denuclearisation of (North Korea) in a peaceful manner".

The United States submitted the complaint to the U.N. Security Council North Korea sanctions committee.

North Korea characterized USA attitudes as being "gangster-like" when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Pyongyang a week ago, and suggested it might not be willing to denuclearize after all.

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Last month, Trump met the North Korean leader in a historic summit in Singapore.

Consequently, the USA recommended that the UN 1718 sanctions committee issue a "public note verbale to all UN Member States to inform them that the DPRK has breached the UNSCR 2397 OP5 refined petroleum product quota for 2018", and that all countries should "order an immediate halt to all transfers of refined petroleum products to the DPRK". The illicit transfer of fuel in North Korea could have easily exceeded the annual upper limit of 500,000 barrels, they stated.

Since the May 30 data cut-off, the Japanese government has revealed details surrounding three extra cases of North Korean vessels caught conducting likely ship-to-ship transfers, with two on June 21 and June 22, and one on June 29.

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"We call upon (North Korea) to fully implement its global obligations; to eliminate its nuclear, chemical, and biological warfare capabilities and ballistic missiles, and abandon all related 'programmes", the statement said.

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