U.S. accuses Russian Federation of 'cheating' on North Korea sanctions

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley chairs a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on maintenance of international peace and security at U.N. headquarters in New York on Sept. 10 2018

US calls for urgent UN meeting on North Korea sanctions after accusing Russia of interfering with report

"The United States has evidence of consistent and wide-ranging Russian violations", she added.

Moscow's representative at the United Nations also said that it had not redacted a specific section on a Russian company breaking sanctions, but had instead made that part of the report confidential, meaning it will only be available to governments and not the general public. "And until we get there, we must not ease the powerful worldwide sanctions that are in place", Haley said.

The Security Council, led by the US, ramped up sanctions on North Korea previous year amid the rogue nation's nuclear tests, imposing sanctions on exports from oil to seafood. "And now they've been caught", Haley said during a speech at a UN Security Council meeting.

The US and its closest allies quietly launched a new effort several months ago to better coordinate surveillance efforts aimed at monitoring and collecting intelligence of North Korean attempts to evade United Nations sanctions, information that likely formed the basis of Haley's allegations of Moscow's complicity.

Pompeo added that the United States was continuing to have "many conversations" with the North Koreans about "how to effectuate achieving all of the commitments made" at a June 12 summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader.

The 15 Council members sat to consider the latest midterm report of the Panel of Experts of the 1718 DPRK Sanctions Committee, which was established to oversee the relevant sanctions relating to North Korea. North Korea demolished its Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site in May.

"In reality, the U.S.is the chief culprit responsible for posing security threats in cyberspace".

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Ma Zhaoxu, China's ambassador to the United Nations and the other traditional defender of the North on the Security Council, warned against military confrontation and expressed hope that the upcoming Moon-Kim summit in Pyongyang will "will yield positive results".

He then warned that "when sanctions are not enforced, the prospects of successful denuclearization of North Korea are diminished".

Since the cancellation of his third trip to Pyongyang last month, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been leading a crackdown on sanctions evasions to up pressure on the North to denuclearize amid the stalemate in talks.

Although the U.S. did not single out any country, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday claimed that Russian Federation has allegedly attempted to undermine a United Nations committee that evaluates compliance with the sanctions.

To achieve this the allied nations have established something called the Enforcement Coordination Cell, two USA officials tell CNN. At the same time, he still urged alternate countries to "step up their efforts" aimed at stopping illegal goods transfers to North Korea. He said that "confrontation is a dead-end" and resorting to force will bring nothing but disastrous consequences.

"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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