The United States on Thursday criticized Russian Federation for interfering with the process of publishing a U.N. report on North Korea sanctions that was due last week.
Also being sanctioned is the firm's CEO, Jong Song-hwa, and its Russia-based front company, Volasys Silver Star.
Also, the intention to abandon the North Korean nuclear program, Kim Jong-UN has declared during talks with US President Donald trump in Singapore. This article is strictly for informational purposes only.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused Moscow on Thursday of seeking to cover up breaches of U.N. sanctions on North Korea by Russians after it pushed for changes to an independent report on sanctions violations.More news: European Parliament votes to trigger Article 7 against Hungary - USA
Russian Federation "obtained the removal of the main part of the paragraphs" concerning it, a diplomat said, speaking anonymously.
The strictest regime of sanctions is now in effect against North Korea, providing for financial sanctions, the ban on supplies of rocket fuel and dual-purpose equipment and materials, and exports of coal, iron, lead and other products from the country. South Korea, a close USA ally, said in February that it would procure new patrol aircraft to cope with the emerging threat of North Korean submarine-launched missiles.
The revenue raised by those companies helps the North Korean government skirt USA sanctions, which are meant to pressure the country to denuclearize.
United Nations diplomats familiar with discussions said Russian Federation was angered that the panel used a lot of USA intelligence in the initial report that Moscow claimed was incorrect.More news: Florence pours on the rain in the Carolinas, swelling rivers
The Treasury Department said China Silver Star is linked to the North Korean ruling party's Munitions Industry Department, . which it says is responsible for overseeing the regime's ballistic missile program.
The Security Council is scheduled to meet on September 17 to discuss implementation of sanctions on North Korea at Washington's the request.
Russian Federation argued the report filed to take into consideration Moscow's own analysis of the sanctions and that it had relied too heavily on intelligence from the US. MsHaley called for the initial version of the report - dating from early August - to be published.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the sanctions were meant to stop the flow of illicit revenue to North Korea from overseas IT workers hiding behind front companies and aliases.More news: Polar's latest watches know if you're maximizing your workouts