U.S. Accuses Russia Of Altering UN Report On North Korea Sanctions

US Announces New North Korea Sanctions

After the initial experts' report was released, Russian Federation and China blocked the United Nations from imposing sanctions on Russia-based entities and vessels sanctioned a week earlier by the U.S. Treasury Department.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley accused Moscow trying to cover up breaches of UN sanctions on North Korea after it pushed for changes to an independent report on sanctions violations.

September 6, the US Treasury imposed sanctions against North Korean companies and citizens of the DPRK for conducting cyber attacks.

In the latest wave of punitive measures on Thursday, . the United States sanctioned two companies in China and Russian Federation for their alleged role in facilitating the North's nuclear weapons program and for allegedly helping the North send workers overseas.

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.

It comes as the USA is redoubling efforts to pressure North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program. Agence France-Presse reported that diplomatic sources at that time also said Russia blocked a United States request that two Russian shipping companies and six of their vessels be sanctioned over oil shipments to the North. North Korea, however, given no indication it is willing to give up its weapons unilaterally, as the Trump administration has demanded.

On Wednesday, the Pentagon said the U.S. and allies are days away from launching a new effort to more publicly expose North Korean violations of sanctions aimed at curbing its nuclear and missile programs, defence officials tell CNN.

The amended report removed some references to Russians accused of breaching sanctions on North Korea, said one diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity.

By blocking since early August release of the original document, Russia explained that the report relied mainly on American information and did not take into account a Russian analysis of the application of sanctions.

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 full implementation of U.N. Security Council resolutions remains mandatory for all member states - including Russian Federation".

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