U.S. Accuses Russia of Cheating on North Korea Sanctions

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U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley addresses the United Nations Security Council Monday Sept. 17 2018 at U.N. headquarters. Richard Drew AP

Haley told the U.N. Security Council that Russia was helping North Korea illegally obtain fuel through transfers at sea, had refused to expel a North Korean who the council blacklisted a year ago, and had pushed for changes to an independent U.N. report on sanctions violations to cover up breaches by Russians.

Russia's UN Ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, immediately hit back at suggestions Moscow pushed for an independent report on sanctions progress to hide its breaches.

Haley said that while "difficult, sensitive talks" between the United States and North Korea are ongoing, it was the wrong time to start easing sanctions on Pyongyang.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley, right, talks with South Korea's Ambassador Cho Tae-yong at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, at U.N. Headquarters on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018.

The report "tells us that Pyongyang continues its nuclear programs and ballistic missile in violation of United Nations resolutions" and "we must be prepared to step up sanctions if necessary", he estimated.

Anchor: As President Moon Jae-in seeks a breakthrough in the stalled denuclearization talks between the USA and North Korea with his third summit with Kim Jong-un, the worldwide community is divided over how they should deal with Pyongyang. "And now they've been caught", Haley said during a speech at a UN Security Council meeting. The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that the original draft of a confidential new United Nations report found Pyongyang has been able to circumvent restrictions, rendering "the latest U.N. sanctions ineffective".

Afterwards, the sanctions regime increasingly became tougher following Pyongyang's further nuclear tests and successes in its ballistic missile program.

"Why after voting for sanctions 11 different times is Russian Federation backing away from them?" she said. He pointed to Washington's unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal as an example of US backpedaling on nuclear agreements.

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"Without this pressure, North Korea will not denuclearize", Gardner and Markey said.

A White House statement issued last month and tweeted by President Donald Trump said "China is providing North Korea with considerable aid, including money, fuel, fertilizer and various other commodities".

The U.S. attempted to cut off all additional refined petroleum shipments to North Korea at the time but the measure was blocked by Russian Federation and China, which have veto power in the U.N. Security Council.

Monday's meeting, called for by the U.S., came on the eve of a high-stakes inter-Korean summit in the Pyongyang. We know the answer: it's because Russian Federation has been cheating and now they've been caught.

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

Chinese Ambassador Mao Zhaoxu said "confrontation is a dead-end" and diplomacy must be "actively" promoted to bring an end to the standoff on the Korean peninsula.

It added that China will "fully support" the two Koreas "in improving their relations and contribute to achieving the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the lasting peace and stability of Northeast Asia at an early date".

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