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USA accuses North Korea of breaching United Nations sanctions

RTS1UOWM USA accuses North Korea of breaching United Nations sanctions
Patty Aguilar | 16 July, 2018, 01:44

The US government is calling on the sanctions committee to order United Nations member countries to immediately halt all transfers of refined petroleum products to North Korea. The sanctions also introduced a limit of 4 million barrels per a twelve-month period as of 22 December 2017 for the supply, sale or transfer of crude oil to North Korea.

However, the Trump administration has long accused Beijing of violating United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang, including China reportedly allowing oil shipments to North Korea between October and December a year ago, the BBC said.

According to foreign media outlets on Thursday, the USA sent a report to the UN Security Council claiming that North Korean tankers had brought in refined petroleum products illicitly procured via ship-to-ship transfers at least 89 times between January 1st and May 30th this year.

The documents delivered Thursday were accompanied by a USA request to suspend all exports of refined petroleum products to North Korea, South Korean newspaper Hankyoreh reported Friday.

The request underscores the US determination to keep squeezing North Korea through existing economic sanctions to get Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons that threaten the United States.

The committee is expected to take five days to consider the request, which China and Russian Federation are expected to block.

The United States has insisted that tough economic sanctions will remain in place until Pyongyang scraps its military programmes and that the dismantling is independently confirmed.

A senior Chinese official is striking a reassuring note about Beijing's commitment to progress in North Korea's denuclearization, after US President Donald Trump accused China of interfering in talks between Pyongyang and Washington.

The United States did not say which countries it believed were illicitly providing North Korea with refined petroleum.

The United States has released photographs of eight instances in which North Korean tankers were caught at sea receiving fuel cargo. The North Korean tanker then proceeded to the port of Nampo in North Korea, docking five days later.

In Washington, President Donald Trump released a letter from Kim Jong Un, in which the North Korean leader voices confidence in efforts to end their standoff but called on his United States counterpart to take "practical actions" to build trust.

The sanctions committee chaired by the Netherlands set a deadline of 12:00 pm (1600 GMT) on Thursday Jul 19 for countries to raise objections.

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