U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley doubled downed on comments she made last week about Russian Federation, saying it was "actively working to undermine" the U.N.'s North Korea sanctions. In the report, investigators concluded the sanctions against North Korea have been rendered "ineffective" by cheating from Russia, China, and other allies of the regime in Pyongyang.
The Treasury said Wednesday that China-based Dalian Sun Moon Star, a logistics company, as well as its Singapore-based affiliate SINSMS, used falsified shipping documents to ship alcohol, tobacco and cigarette-related items into North Korea in violation of USA and United Nations sanctions.
Trump also has exchanged warm regards with Kim, even though negotiations to curb North Korea's nuclear and ballistic program have been stalemated. It recently blacklisted Russian entities and ramped up its military efforts to monitor illegal ship-to-ship transfers in a "name and shame" crackdown on sanctions violations.
Nikki Haley at the United Nations, said Washington has evidence that the North has been allowed by Russian Federation to get, among other things, fuel. She said that includes ship-to-ship transfers of banned items, mainly oil but increasingly coal and other goods. Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest North Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
That is far above the 500,000 barrel cap established by United Nations sanctions. She said that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is still unable to gain access to the country and inspect nuclear-related facilities.
Russian Federation has been a proponent of a gradual, step-by-step easing of sanctions on North Korea alongside the ongoing denuclearization negotiations.
Haley calls out Russia, China for skirting UN sanctions against North Korea
Haley said the United States prevented publication of the "tainted" report that removed allegations against the Russians and demanded the release of the initial version.
South Korea's foreign ministry said the move was in line with the United States' resolve to keep up sanctions to achieve complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula while carrying out dialogue. And he said the White House is being overly aggressive in Security Council in an attempt to "subjugate" the body to USA policy.
The department also accused Russia-based Profinet of providing port services, including the supplying of fuel, to North Korean vessels on at least six occasions.
Tensions between the two countries have cooled in recent times, prompting hopes of peace on the Korean Peninsula, which has been divided since the 1950-53 Korean War.
Since the cancellation of his third trip to Pyongyang last month, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been leading a crackdown on sanctions evasions to up pressure on the North to denuclearize amid the stalemate in talks. China's U.N. Ambassador Ma Zhaoxu said tighter sanctions would result in a "dead end" and that "resorting to force will bring nothing but disastrous consequences".