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

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley accused Russia of'systematic sanctions violations

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley accused Russia of'systematic sanctions violations

"And now they've been caught", Ambassador Nikki Haley said Monday in an emergency session of the Security Council she called late last week.

The U.S. Mission announced Friday evening that the meeting will 'discuss the implementation and enforcement of United Nations sanctions on North Korea'.

The United States has called for an "urgent" meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Monday to address recent efforts by "some member ['s]" to "undermine and obstruct" United Nations sanctions against North Korea.

Haley, who holds the rotating Security Council presidency for the month of September, called the meeting to accuse Russia of engaging in a "cover-up" of its sanctions violations, saying the country is "cheating" and that the US has "evidence of consistent and wide-ranging Russian violations". It said some products allegedly were off-loaded from Russian ships, which were identified in the report.

China and Russian Federation have argued that North Korea should be rewarded with the prospect of eased sanctions for opening up dialogue with the United States and halting missile tests. And it said North Korea is violating sanctions by transferring coal at sea and flouting an arms embargo and financial sanctions.

U.N. Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo told the council that "there continue to be signs the DPRK is maintaining and developing its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program", adding that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) "remains unable to access the DPRK and verify the correctness and completeness of the DPRK's declarations under its safeguards agreement", referring to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the North's official name.

Haley said earlier this year that successively tough Security Council sanctions resolutions adopted unanimously had cut off all North Korean exports, 90 percent of its trade, and disbanded its pool of workers send overseas to earn hard currency. South Korea's president Moon Jae-in will try to inject new life into the diplomatic talks when he meets Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang on Tuesday for a summit that will mark the first time a South Korean leader visits its northern neighbor in more than a decade.

In July, the Trump administration sent evidence to the United Nations committee that showed that North Korea "breached" United Nations sanctions by surpassing the annual cap for refined petroleum products, according to documents obtained by CBS News.

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Haley said Washington has tracked some 148 cases this year of oil tankers delivering fuel to North Korea obtained through ship-to-ship transfers at sea in breach of a United Nations cap.

"Step by step, sanction by sanction, and time and time again, Russian Federation is working across the board to undermine the sanctions regime", Haley said.

From coal shipments to revived construction projects to planes ferrying Chinese tourists to Pyongyang, China has reopened the door to both legal and illegal trade with the North, throwing the North Korean government a vital lifeline while derailing USA diplomacy.

All these activities are 'generating significant revenues for the regime and they must be stopped, ' he said.

"Why after voting for sanctions 11 different times is Russian Federation backing away from them?"

"We've seen the original report and we know the truth - the Panel should do the right thing and release it", she said. "Now for China and Russian Federation to block it, what are they telling us?"

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

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