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

US calls for urgent UN meeting on North Korea sanctions after accusing Russia of interfering with report

US calls for urgent UN meeting on North Korea sanctions after accusing Russia of interfering with report

South Korea's foreign ministry says it sees the move as reflecting Washington's stance that sanctions must be enforced alongside dialogue in order to achieve the Peninsula's complete denuclearization. Agence France-Presse reported that diplomatic sources at that time also said Russia blocked a U.S. request that two Russian shipping companies and six of their vessels be sanctioned over oil shipments to the North.

A summary of the experts report obtained in early August by The Associated Press also said North Korea has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs.

"We're disappointed in the panel for caving to Russian pressure and making changes to what should be an independent report", Haley added, noting that it was a "dangerous precedent".

Another diplomat told AFP that several paragraphs referring to Russian oil trade were removed at Moscow's urging.

Russian Federation "obtained the removal of the main part of the paragraphs" concerning it, a diplomat said, speaking anonymously.

"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.

Israeli forces take down protest huts at Bedouin village
The Khan al-Ahmar encampment has focused attention on what critics say is the continued displacement of Palestinians by Israel . It was referring to the 61 percent of the occupied West Bank where Israel exercises full civil as well as military authority.

"The full implementation of UN Security Council resolutions remains mandatory for all member states - including Russian Federation". She called it "a stain" on the experts' important work.

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 U.S. sanctions.

The department designated the China-based China Silver Star, its North Korean CEO Jong Song Hwa and its Russia-based sister company Volasys Silver Star as such fronts, the Voice of America News reported.

White House officials have acknowledged that there has been no progress on denuclearization, even as President Donald Trump considers a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the United Nations, expressed disappointment in the panel monitoring sanctions against North Korea "for caving to Russian pressure and making changes to what should have been an independent report".

The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on two firms, one in Russian Federation and one in China, for supporting North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

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