Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

US imposes North Korea-related sanctions on Russian, Chinese firms

US imposes North Korea-related sanctions on Russian, Chinese firms

Russian Federation then also blocked a United States demand that two of the nation's shipping companies and six of their vessels be sanctioned over oil shipments to North Korea.

"Russia can't be allowed to edit and obstruct independent UN reports on North Korea sanctions just because they don't like what they say", Washington's UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said in a statement.

It also said Pyongyang continues to defy global sanctions through a "massive increase" in illicit ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum products.

According to an anonymous United Nations diplomat, the Russia "obtained the removal of the main part of the paragraphs", referring to the panel's original report that had named the Russian ships and entities accused of breaking USA sanctions.

Ms Haley also demanded the bench release the original report, which she claimed Russian Federation off-loaded oil in North Korea on a ship-to-ship transfer basis. South Korea, a close US ally, said in February that it would procure new patrol aircraft to cope with the emerging threat of North Korean submarine-launched missiles.

"The full implementation of UN Security Council resolutions remains mandatory for all member states - including Russian Federation". The Security Council has to agree by consensus on whether to publish the report and the United States objected to releasing the amended document.

Russia's United Nations mission and the head of the sanctions monitor panel did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The Treasury Department announced Thursday it is designating China Silver Star, its North Korean CEO Jong Song Hwa, and its Russia-based sister company.

The Trump administration has sought to ramp up pressure on Kim to strike a deal to halt North Korea's nuclear program in part by penalizing Chinese and Russian firms that the increasingly isolated country depends on to keep its economy afloat.

Meanwhile, South Korea's foreign ministry said that the latest U.S. sanctions appear to reflect Washington's belief that both sanctions and dialogue are important in achieving the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

In the latest wave of punitive measures on Thursday, . the United States sanctioned two companies in China and Russian Federation for their alleged role in facilitating the North's nuclear weapons program and for allegedly helping the North send workers overseas.

The department claims the companies are fronts for the North Korean government.

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