Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Russian cargo ships blacklisted for violating sanctions against North Korea

Russian cargo ships blacklisted for violating sanctions against North Korea

"Oil is the life blood of North Korea's effort to build and fund a nuclear weapon", USA ambassador to the U.N. said in September 2017 after the United Nations passed sanctions on the country created to limit its oil imports.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Russian Federation on Friday of actively working to undermine global sanctions on North Korea and said the enforcement of the steps was essential to convince Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

Chinese UN Ambassador Ma Zhaoxu said Beijing implements sanctions on North Korea and warned confronting Pyongyang would be a "dead end".

"It must end its concerted effort to cover up evidence of sanctions violations", Haley said at the United Nations headquarters in NY.

Moscow's representative at the United Nations also said that it had not redacted a specific section on a Russian company breaking sanctions, but had instead made that part of the report confidential, meaning it will only be available to governments and not the general public.

Haley said the panel should release the original report, which cited "a massive increase in illicit ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products" for North Korea in violation of United Nations sanctions. Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest North Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Noting difficulties in U.S. And it said North Korea is violating sanctions by transferring coal at sea and flouting an arms embargo and financial sanctions. Pyongyang has pushed for an early declaration to end the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended with an armistice agreement.

In June, US President Donald Trump met Kim at a landmark summit in Singapore, at which the North Korean leader pledged to "work towards complete denuclearisation" of the peninsula in a bid to "build a lasting and stable peace".

The Security Council initially imposed sanctions on North Korea after its first nuclear test in 2006 and has made them tougher and tougher in response to further nuclear tests and an increasingly sophisticated ballistic missile program.

Some in Seoul and Washington have been concerned that a nuclear deal between North Korea and the United States could lead to a drastic reduction or withdrawal of US troops on the Korean Peninsula.

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

Monday's meeting, called for by the USA, came on the eve of a high-stakes inter-Korean summit in the Pyongyang.

Seoul's Ambassador to the UN Cho Tae-yul said the South Korean Government expected "significant progress" to come from the upcoming meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un later this week. "The evidence no longer allows us to take Russia's word that it shares this objective".

It added that China will "fully support" the two Koreas "in improving their relations and contribute to achieving the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the lasting peace and stability of Northeast Asia at an early date".

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