Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

USA imposes sanctions on Russian, Chinese tech firms over N Korea

USA imposes sanctions on Russian, Chinese tech firms over N Korea

The U.S. announced new sanctions against North Korea Thursday, targeting two companies in China and Russian Federation and a North Korean individual.

The U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned a Chinese tech firm, its Russian sister company and the CEO on Thursday. This article is strictly for informational purposes only.

Haley said Russian interference "sets an unacceptable precedent that damages the sanctity of the United Nations independent panel reporting process".

Amid such reporting, President Trump has suggested repeatedly, in interviews and via twitter, that China has been relaxing its enforcement of sanctions enacted before his summit with Kim.

Haley said Russian interference "sets an unacceptable precedent that damages the sanctity of the United Nations independent panel reporting process".

The Treasury Department said China Silver Star is linked to the North Korean ruling party's Munitions Industry Department, . which it says is responsible for overseeing the regime's ballistic missile program.

Haley has called for the original report to be released by the 15-member Security Council, which must agree by consensus on whether to publish the findings.

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On Wednesday, the Pentagon said the U.S. and allies are days away from launching a new effort to more publicly expose North Korean violations of sanctions aimed at curbing its nuclear and missile programs, defence officials tell CNN. "Period", Haley said in a statement.

The amended report removed some references to Russians accused of breaching sanctions on North Korea, said one diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity.

United States ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, blasted the panel for not doing enough to monitor sanctions imposed by Donald Trump, and "for caving to Russian pressure and making changes to what should have been an independent report".

"The full implementation of UN Security Council resolutions remains mandatory for all member states - including Russian Federation".

The dispute between Russian Federation and the United States as well as Western and other Security Council members has delayed the official release of the six-month report by the expert panel monitoring sanctions against North Korea.

"Treasury is once again warning the IT industry, businesses, and individuals across the globe to take precautions to ensure that they are not unwittingly employing North Korean workers for technology projects by doing business with companies like the ones designated today", Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was quoted as saying in the press release.

The sanctions come at a time when the United States is maintaining pressure on the North Korean government in its negotiations to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

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