USA sanctions Russian, Chinese tech firms over funds…

Frederick Owens
September 20, 2018

Meanwhile, the U.S. secretary of state expressed his concern that North Korea continues to "illegally smuggle" petroleum products, circumventing the UN-backed sanctions.

Concerned to see the security Council to new tear, several of its members have called to preserve "the unity".

In response, Nebenzia, the Russian Federation's Ambassador to the United Nations claimed that the United States was using the meeting to try to "impose on the global community their own vision of the situation".

For the report of the experts,"interference in Russian was so blatant that the United States had no choice but to block its broadcast", said Nikki Haley, recalling the previous group of experts, JIM, dismantled in 2017, after to have seen its conclusions proving the use of chemical weapons in Syria rejected by Moscow.

But Vassily Nebenzia, Russia's United Nations ambassador, said Moscow insisted on having the report amended as it had become "hostage to the vision of Washington" and did not take into account Russia's views.

The administration led efforts past year to dramatically increase wide-ranging sanctions against North Korea to dry up its revenue for missile and nuclear programs. "It must end its concerted effort to cover up evidence of sanctions violations", she said.

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.

"Russia can't be allowed to edit and obstruct independent United Nations reports on North Korea sanctions just because they don't like what they say". He went on to criticize the presence of the United Nations Command in Korea, which he called a "U.S. -monitored military entity in the Korean demilitarized zone".

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Sanctions "cannot be an end in itself", Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia responded. This is apparently the first US-led effort to track fuel deliveries to North Korea. He said that "confrontation is a dead-end" and resorting to force will bring nothing but disastrous consequences.

"Lying, cheating, and rogue behavior have become the new norm of the Russian culture", she said.

South Korean Ambassador Cho Tae-yul told CBS News on Sunday that he hopes "a significant breakthrough can be made in the third inter-Korean Summit in Pyongyang".

Meanwhile, North Korea's neighbors are actively trying to engage the reclusive state in trade and commerce.

Japan's Ambassador Koro Bessho told council members that the world is "at a critical juncture" after June's "historic meeting between the USA and North Korea". He said that such "conversations are incredibly paramount" as well as "valuable to the people of the US" as he spoke of a recent summit of the two leaders in Helsinki.

"In reality, the U.S.is the chief culprit responsible for posing security threats in cyberspace".

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

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