US calls for crackdown on North Korea helpers
NEW YORK: The US has called an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council in response to what it says are efforts by some countries “to undermine and obstruct” sanctions against North Korea.
The US mission said the meeting would “discuss the implementation and enforcement of UN sanctions on North Korea”.
The mission didn’t name countries, but on Thursday US Ambassador Nikki Haley accused Russia of pressuring an independent panel of UN experts to alter a report on North Korea sanctions that included alleged violations “implicating Russian actors”. Haley said the panel should release the original report, which cited “a massive increase in illicit shipto-ship transfers of petroleum products” for North Korea in violation of UN sanctions.
It said that some products allegedly were off-loaded from Russian ships, which were identified in the report.
A summary of the experts’ report obtained by AP also said North Korea had not stopped its missile programs, and it was violating sanctions by transferring coal at sea and flouting an arms embargo and financial sanctions. China provides more than 90 per cent of the isolated country’s trade.