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Haley calls out Russia, China for skirting United Nations sanctions against North Korea

20 September, 2018, 01:37 | Author: Lucille Rivera
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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 USA has "evidence of consistent and wide-ranging Russian violations".

The United States maintains that UN sanctions that have dealt a blow to North Korea's economy must remain in place until Pyongyang has completely scrapped its nuclear weapons and military programmes.

The United States called a meeting of the Security Council to discuss what they call efforts by some members of the of the council to undermine and obstruct UN sanctions against North Korea.

China's ambassador said a forceful confrontation with North Korea would lead to a "dead end" and called for more solidarity in regards to how the sanctions are implemented. "It must end its concerted effort to cover up evidence of sanctions violations", she said.

But Haley said the United States has evidence that Russian Federation has been evading the measures by helping with ship-to-ship transfers of oil, coal and other goods. She said that includes ship-to-ship transfers of banned items, mainly oil but increasingly coal and other goods.

On the heels of Haley's security council remarks, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote on Twitter that Russian Federation is actively undermining compliance with North Korea sanctions.

Now the United States will address the sanctions violations at the Security Council on Monday.

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Haley said that while "difficult, sensitive talks" between Washington and Pyongyang are ongoing, it was the wrong time to start easing sanctions. He also pointed out that the report had determined that a specific ship-to-ship transfer of fuel by a Russian ship, cited by Haley, was not a violation.

She said the United States has prevented the "tainted" report's publication.

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.

The United States on Monday accused Russian Federation of "cheating" on UN sanctions against North Korea with a planned railway project, oil transfers and ongoing business dealings with Pyongyang. 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.

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.

But in July, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused North Korea of "illegally smuggling" in refined petroleum products beyond the annual quota of 500,000 barrels allowed under United Nations sanctions.

"Resorting to force will bring nothing but disastrous consequences", Ma told the council.

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