US calls urgent UN Security Council meeting on N Korea sanctions violations

18-Sep-2018 Intellasia | NBC News | 6:00 AM Print This Post

The United States has called for an “urgent” meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Monday to address recent efforts by “some member['s]” to “undermine and obstruct” United Nations sanctions against North Korea.

The announcement from the US Mission to the UN late Friday follows accusations by Amb. Nikki Haley that Russia is pressuring UN experts to alter an independent report implicating Russian actors in violations of North Korea sanctions.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday Russia has “actively attempted to undermine” the UN Security Council resolutions on North Korea and called for the experts to release the original report.

“The United States is as committed as ever to continuing to enforce those UN Security Council resolutions,” Pompeo told reporters. “We believe they are central to President Trump’s efforts to convince Chair Kim that full, final denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula is necessary.”

This is just the latest in a series of sanctions violations acknowledged by the Trump administration since President Donald Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a summit in Singapore in June. And despite the US pushing international partners to maintain pressure on North Korea to denuclearise, full support from critical allies, Russia and China, has waned.

From coal shipments to revived construction projects to planes ferrying Chinese tourists to Pyongyang, China has reopened the door to both legal and illegal trade with the North, throwing the North Korean government a vital lifeline while derailing US diplomacy.

An August UN report revealed Pyongyang has not stopped its nuclear and missile programmes and is still violating sanctions by transferring coal at sea.

And the newest intelligence shows Kim’s regime has escalated efforts to conceal its nuclear activity in the months since the summit in Singapore, three senior US officials tell NBC News.


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