UN to meet over N. Ko­rean curbs

The Asian Age - - World -

■ THE US Mis­sion an­nounced on Fri­day evening that the meet­ing will “dis­cuss the im­ple­men­ta­tion and en­force­ment of UN sanc­tions on North Korea.”

United Na­tions, Sept. 15: The United States has called an ur­gent meet­ing of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil for Mon­day in re­sponse to what it says are ef­forts by some coun­tries “to un­der­mine and ob­struct” sanc­tions against North Korea.

The US Mis­sion an­nounced Fri­day evening that the meet­ing will “dis­cuss the im­ple­men­ta­tion and en­force­ment of U. N. sanc­tions on North Korea.”

The mis­sion didn’t name any coun­tries, but US Am­bas­sador Nikki Ha­ley ac­cused Rus­sia on Thurs­day 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 ship- to- ship trans­fers of pe­tro­leum prod­ucts” for North Korea in vi­o­la­tion of UN sanc­tions. It said some prod­ucts allegedly were off- loaded from Rus­sian ships, which were iden­ti­fied in the re­port.

A sum­mary of the ex­perts re­port ob­tained in early Au­gust by The As­so­ci­ated Press also said North Korea has not stopped its nu­clear and mis­sile pro­grammes. And it said North Korea is vi­o­lat­ing sanc­tions by trans­fer­ring coal at sea and flout­ing an arms em­bargo and fi­nan­cial sanc­tions.

The Se­cu­rity Coun­cil ini­tially im­posed sanc­tions on North Korea af­ter its first nu­clear test in 2006 and has made them tougher and tougher in re­sponse to fur­ther nu­clear tests and an in­creas­ingly so­phis­ti­cated bal­lis­tic mis­sile pro­gramme.

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