North Korea Still Keeping Nuclear Weapons, Says UN Envoy

Geraldine Edwards
September 20, 2018

Trump also has exchanged warm regards with Kim, even though negotiations to curb North Korea's nuclear and ballistic program have been stalemated.

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

Haley added that Moscow had blocked a USA call to add Russian vessels suspected of breaching global restrictions to the UN's blacklist and had failed to expel a North Korean operative working in Russia's territory. "We believe they are central to President Trump's efforts to convince Chairman Kim that full, final denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula is necessary", he said.

The U.S. says its effort to keep pressure on North Korea's economy through sanctions approved by the Security Council is being undermined by Russian Federation and China, who the Americans accuse of helping Kim's regime skirt the restrictions.

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In August, Trump requested Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cancel a diplomatic visit to Pyongyang over the issue. He charged that the U.S. is using the Security Council committee monitoring implementation of sanctions "as a sledgehammer to punish (North Korea) for their intransigence".

Japan's representative to the UN Koro Bessho called for strict implementation of the UN's measures, saying that it was not the time to lessen pressure on North Korea.

"These actions are meant to stop the flow of illicit revenue to North Korea from overseas information technology workers disguising their true identities and hiding behind front companies, aliases, and third-party nationals", Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

The mission didn't name any countries, but U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley accused Russia on Thursday of pressuring an independent panel of United Nations experts to alter a report on North Korea sanctions that included alleged violations 'implicating Russian actors'.

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Haley said an amended version was submitted last week that removed evidence of Russian actors violating sanctions.

The statement did not name countries, but it came a day after Haley accused Russian Federation of interfering in a report from the U.N.'s independent Panel of Experts on the implementation of sanctions.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley told a Security Council meeting that the United States has evidence of "consistent and wide-ranging Russian violations" of the tough economic penalties imposed on North Korea. "We are as committed as ever to enforcing them". The South Korean Foreign Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that Pompeo said he shared information with the State Department from the information Kang briefed him on earlier in the day. The ROK stands for the South's official name, the Republic of Korea.

"The Agency continues to enhance its readiness to play an essential role in verifying the DPRK's nuclear programme if a political agreement is reached among countries concerned".

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"This council should stay united, honor its responsibility entrusted by history and push for the denuclearization and lasting peace in northeast Asia", Ma said.

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