Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Russian Federation spat over North Korea sanctions at United Nations security council

Russian Federation spat over North Korea sanctions at United Nations security council

US Ambassador Nikki Haley told a Security Council meeting that the United States has evidence of "consistent and wide-ranging Russian violations" of the tough economic penalties imposed on North Korea.

The U.S. says its effort to keep pressure on North Korea's economy through sanctions approved by the Security Council is being undermined by Russian Federation and China, who the Americans accuse of helping Kim's regime skirt the restrictions.

At the hearing, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said the US has "evidence of consistent and wide-ranging Russian violations".

Pompeo said he hoped the United Nations sanctions committee would "publish the original document that they meant to publish which shows clear activities related to sanctions and sanctions violations".

China called for United Nations sanctions to be enforced but recalled that resolutions allow for a lifting of the punitive measures if there is progress toward denuclearisation.

Washington has been actively pushing for North Korea's "fast" denuclearization since the summit between US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Russian Federation and China have suggested the Security Council discuss easing sanctions after U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in June and Kim pledged to work toward denuclearization.

He cited welcome developments, including the North's suspension of missile and nuclear tests, dismantling of a missile engine test site, opening of a liaison office, and agreeing to a third summit of Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in starting Tuesday.

Image U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley chairs a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on maintenance of international peace and security at U.N. headquarters in New York

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley addresses the United Nations Security Council, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at U.N. headquarters.

Led by the United States, the council past year adopted three sets of wide-ranging sanctions aimed at cutting off revenue to North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programs. The report said some products were allegedly off-loaded from Russian ships.

Russia also blocked a USA move to blacklist Russian ships allegedly involved in illegal ship-to-ship transfers of refined oil to North Korea and is refusing to expel a North Korean operative, Haley said.

The Treasury said he interacted directly with representatives of the North Korean regime in Russian Federation. She said that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is still unable to gain access to the country and inspect nuclear-related facilities.

"Global sanctions are an essential part of efforts to achieve denuclearization", Pompeo wrote. "We are as committed as ever to enforcing them", his post read.

The U.S. Mission said later in a statement: "Certainly no U.S. expert agreed-at any point in the process-to Russia's tainted version of the report".

"This council should stay united, honor its responsibility entrusted by history and push for the denuclearization and lasting peace in northeast Asia", Ma said.

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