US calls for crack­down on North Korea helpers

The Courier-Mail - - WORLD -

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.

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