Accuses Russia of ‘cheating’ on North Korea sanctions

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 19, 2018

This summer, the United States had, however, failed to sanction by the UN the most obvious cases of violations of the triple series of economic sanctions adopted by the security Council unanimously in 2017.

"Treasury will continue to implement existing sanctions on North Korea, and will take action to block and designate companies, ports, and vessels that facilitate illicit shipments and provide revenue streams to the DPRK", Treasury Secretary said in a statement.

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 Russian UN mission and the North Korean UN mission did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Pompeo's remarks. He went on to criticize the presence of the United Nations Command in Korea, which he called a "U.S. -monitored military entity in the Korean demilitarized zone".

Russian Federation has been a proponent of a gradual, step-by-step easing of sanctions on North Korea alongside the ongoing denuclearization negotiations.

"But we are not there yet", Haley said. "Sanctions can not replace diplomacy".

Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, has accused Russian Federation of "cheating" global sanctions placed on North Korea in a bid to choke Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

North Korea is under a wide array of United Nations sanctions over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

The Trump administration has expressed concern that efforts to maintain maximum pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear capabilities are faltering as talks over the denuclearization of North Korea stall.

In July, the Trump administration sent evidence to the United Nations committee that showed that North Korea "breached" United Nations sanctions by surpassing the annual cap for refined petroleum products, according to documents obtained by CBS News.

Meanwhile, the USA secretary of state expressed his concern that North Korea continues to "illegally smuggle" petroleum products, circumventing the UN-backed sanctions. The report had been submitted to the Security Council in August, but it has been amended and not yet published.

Japanese Ambassador Koro Bessho said enforcing the sanctions is the only way to force North Korea to change its policy.

Sanctions "cannot be an end in itself", Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia responded. "There have been many places, in which Russians have been useful", Pompeo told journalists after his meeting with the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in NY, when asked about Russia's role in North Korea's denuclearization.

China argued that sanctions alone will not force North Korea to denuclearize.

Chinese Ambassador Mao Zhaoxu said "confrontation is a dead-end" and diplomacy must be "actively" promoted to bring an end to the standoff on the Korean peninsula.

"Lying, cheating, and rogue behavior have become the new norm of the Russian culture", she said.

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