WORLD Russia blocks UN Security Council report on North Korea


Russia blocks UN Security Council report on North Korea


01:23, September 01, 2018


(Photo: CGTN)

Russia has blocked the publication of a UN report on the implementation of sanctions against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) because it disagrees with some of its findings, Moscow's UN envoy said on Thursday.

Vassily Nebenzia said Russia has put on hold the report of the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee on DPRK 1718 and demanded the report is amended.

"The report is on hold because we disagree on certain elements of the report and on the conduct of the business itself," Nebenzia told reporters after a UN Security Council meeting.

Russia's objection stemmed mainly from a section of the report that said the DPRK exceeded its 2018 import cap for oil that was set by the 2017 sanctions, as per a diplomatic source speaking on condition of anonymity.

The US in July demanded without success an end to all oil exports, citing satellite photos and expert reports that claimed illegal ship-to-ship transfers had allowed Pyongyang to evade sanctions.

The 62-page report also listed violations of a ban on the DPRK's exports of coal, iron, seafood and other products that generate millions of dollars in revenue for its government.

Pyongyang "has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs and continued to defy Security Council resolutions through a massive increase in illicit ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products, as well as through transfers of coal at sea during 2018," it added.

Pyongyang has insisted on its commitment to denuclearization after June's historic summit between US President Donald Trump and the DPRK's leader Kim Jong Un. However, the US has accused Pyongyang of not taking concrete actions. 

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