Russian Federation furious after U.S. accuses Kremlin of CHEATING over North Korea sanctions
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Sep 20, 2018,
Sep 20, 2018, 1:42
The UN Security Council held an urgent meeting on Monday at the request of the USA to discuss alleged sanctions violations.
The briefing on the implementation of sanctions on North Korea was requested and chaired by the United States Ambassador to the United Nations and the UN Security Council President for the month of September.
Trump also has exchanged warm regards with Kim, even though negotiations to curb North Korea's nuclear and ballistic program have been stalemated. "It must end its concerted effort to cover up evidence of sanctions violations", Haley said at the United Nations headquarters in NY.
The showdown between the United States and Russian Federation comes as South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un kicked off their three-day summit in Pyongyang Tuesday, where the leaders will attempt to solve the current impasse in the North-U.S. denuclearization talks.
Haley added that Washington has evidence of these alleged violations, which include helping the North get banned fuel and refusing to expel a blacklisted North Korean.
The 15 Council members sat to consider the latest midterm report of the Panel of Experts of the 1718 DPRK Sanctions Committee, which was established to oversee the relevant sanctions relating to North Korea.
The United States on Monday accused Russian Federation of "cheating" on UN sanctions against North Korea with plans for a railway project, oil transfers and ongoing business dealings with Pyongyang.
At the time, Haley criticized 'some friends who want to go around the rules, ' and especially Russian Federation and China for blocking the sanctions committee from demanding that all countries halt shipments of petroleum products to North Korea immediately. "And now they've been caught". The report said some products were allegedly off-loaded from Russian ships.
The U.S. Mission announced Friday evening that the meeting will 'discuss the implementation and enforcement of United Nations sanctions on North Korea'.
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Last month, Moscow held up the publication of the United Nations panel's report over differences about its contents.
The United States is trying to maintain what officials call the "maximum pressure" campaign of North Korean sanctions, though Trump has said he longer uses the term "because we're getting along".
The Security Council has remained united in imposing tougher and tougher sanctions on North Korea, but the differences over the experts' report mark a first dent in that unity.
The sanctions "are not an a la carte menu where each piocherait according to its appetites", said the French ambassador, François Delattre.
The report states on the sale of North Korean weapons to Syria, Libya, Yemen.
Noting the progress that has been made toward building trust and reducing military tensions, including the halt to nuclear and missile tests by the North, she said that "a foundation has been established to make tangible progress on the core issues" through the inter-Korean and North-U.S. summits.
He called for "confidence-building measures", citing as a possibility the signing of a peace treaty to end the 1950-53 Korean War.
China's ambassador Ma Zhaoxu likewise declared sanctions a "dead end" and warned, "Resorting to force will bring nothing but disastrous consequences".