At UN, US accuses Russia of 'cheating' on North Korea sanctions

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Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, insisted Moscow is not trying to block the release of the U.N. report - which he said was written by "hostages to the vision of Washington" - and accused the USA of pushing too hard against North Korea.

The U.S. and Russian Federation have often clashed at the UN Security Council over a number of issues and Monday's emergency meeting was no different.

She said the North had obtained more than 800,000 barrels of refined petroleum products in the first 8 months of the year. He also pointed out that the report had determined that a specific ship-to-ship transfer of fuel by a Russian ship, cited by Haley, was not a violation. The Treasury said he interacted directly with representatives of the North Korean regime in Russian Federation. But he also pointed out that the United Nations Command is a "product of the Cold War".

At the emergency UNSC meeting, Haley followed up her comments by claiming that Moscow was breaking the UN's restrictions on North Korea. "The time has not come to alleviate the pressure on North Korea".

She noted that while there has been some positive changes, "there continue to be signs that North Korea continues and develops nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles". An IAEA report on August 20 said that there is continued operation of the plutonium production reactor, radiochemical laboratory and alleged uranium enrichment facility at the North's Yongbyon nuclear site. The U.S. has led the push to impose increasingly severe sanctions against the North's economy.

"Resolving the nuclear issue of the peninsula through just some sanctions and pressure on Pyongyang is impossible".

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On the heels of Haley's security council remarks, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote on Twitter that Russian Federation is actively undermining compliance with North Korea sanctions. We know the answer: it's because Russian Federation has been cheating and now they've been caught.

Hours ahead of departing for Pyongyang, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and Pompeo held a phone call, their second that day, pledging again to cooperate on denuclearization. Russia, for instance, hosted a delegation from the North at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, where Pyongyang's External Economic Relations Minister Kim Yong-jae made a number of promising proposals to Russia.

"These actions are meant to stop the flow of illicit revenue to North Korea from overseas information technology workers disguising their true identities and hiding behind front companies, aliases, and third-party nationals", Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. Japan and South Korea are reluctant to share intelligence with each other, while Seoul has its own disagreements with Washington.

The DPRK is the acronym for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"The Agency continues to enhance its readiness to play an essential role in verifying the DPRK's nuclear programme if a political agreement is reached among countries concerned".

"This council should stay united, honor its responsibility entrusted by history and push for the denuclearization and lasting peace in northeast Asia", Ma said.

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