Sorry, not Sorry: Pompeo accuses Russia of Undermining Efforts to sanction North Korea

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Russia is actively working to undermine US sanctions against North Korea, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a news conference.

“I spoke with Ambassador (to UN Nikki) Haley about this earlier today, Russia has actively attempted to undermine the UN Security Council resolutions, the work of the 1718 Committee, the committee of the UN evaluates compliance with sanctions by attempting to change the language there,” Pompeo told reporters.

UNSC Resolution 1718 created the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee on North Korea.

“I hope that the 1718 committee will do what it has historically done; remain independent, and report on the facts as known, and not allow a single country — in this case, Russia — draft language and have it inserted,” the Secretary said. “I hope they will publish the original document that they intended to publish, which shows clear activities related to sanctions and sanctions violations”.

The secretary was referring to the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee on North Korea, a panel of experts established under UNSCR 1718.

He added that the United States was committed, as always, to the implementation of UN sanctions in order to achieve full and verifiable denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.

On Thursday, Haley accused Russia of interfering with a UN report on the implementation of North Korea’s sanctions, urging panelists to make changes. On August 30, Russian ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, stated that Russia suspended publication of the text due to disagreements in the draft.

The United Nations has introduced multiple sanctions against North Korea in response to repeated launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear tests, restricting oil exports to Pyongyang, banning imports of North Korean textiles, as well as the country’s access to gaseous liquids.

The United States has always economically targeted North Korea since it successfully defended its sovereignty and independence in the Korean War.

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