US Won't Hesitate to Impose Sanctions Over Fuel to N. Korea

The U.S. State Department said Saturday that Washington would not wait to impose sanctions on any shippers helping to get fuel to North Korea, in an apparent warning to Russia days after the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations accused Moscow of cheating on the measures. North Korea continues to employ tactics to evade U.N. sanctions, Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman, said in a statement, adding that U.N. member states are required to prohibit ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum fuel to the country. "The United States will not hesitate to impose sanctions on any individual, entity or vessel supporting North Korea's illicit activities, regardless of nationality," Nauert said. The 15-member U.N. Security Council has unanimously boosted sanctions on North Korea since 2006 in a bid to choke off funding for Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs. But the United States and Russia have recently shown cracks in the unity of the council over the sanctions. Washington has "evidence of consistent and wide-ranging Russian violations" of the sanctions, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said Monday. Russia was helping North Korea illegally obtain fuel through transfers at sea, had refused to expel a North Korean whom the Security Council blacklisted last year, and had pushed for changes to an independent U.N. report on sanctions violations to cover up breaches by Russians, she said. Russia blames Haley Russia said after Haley's comments that Moscow had not pressured the authors of the U.N. report, and it blamed Haley for heightening tensions. With the warning on fuel shipments, the Trump administration signaled it was keeping pressure on Pyongyang even after saying there has been progress. President Donald Trump this week hailed a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and said there had been "tremendous progress" with North Korea on several fronts, including Pyongyang's denuclearization. Washington has tracked 148 cases this year of tankers delivering fuel to North Korea in breach of... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, US Won't Hesitate to Impose Sanctions Over Fuel to N. Korea, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you US Won't Hesitate to Impose Sanctions Over Fuel to N. Korea





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Saturday, 22 September, 2018



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