Pompeo, Haley call out China, Russia for helping North Korea violate sanctions

As North Korea has yet to start the process of denuclearization, the U.S.is determined to maintain "maximum pressure" on the country, but Pyongyang's global backers, namely China and Russian Federation, are resistant.

Haley added that the US has "photographs of proof" of those transfers and that they continue to happen.

The United States last week sent a report to the sanctions committee that said North Korea had secured at least 759,793 barrels of oil products through ship-to-ship transfers at sea.

On July 12, Haley's office sent evidence to the United Nations committee tasked with sanctions on Pyongyang that showed that North Korea breached United Nations sanctions by surpassing the annual cap for petroleum products, documents obtained by CBS News revealed.

"Everybody should fully implement resolutions passed by the Security Council", he told reporters after Pompeo's briefing.

But Russia and China said they needed more time to consider the United States request and to review Washington's allegations of sanctions-busting by North Korea.

Since the June summit in Singapore between Mr. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, North Korea has not tested its nuclear weapons or launched missiles.

US documents sent to the committee and obtained by The Associated Press cite 89 instances between January 1 and May 30 in which North Korean tankers likely delivered refined products "illicitly procured" via such transfers. Both Moscow and Beijing have called for the relaxation of sanctions on North Korea.

Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein, an associate at the Foreign Policy Research Institute who tracks the North Korean economy, said increasing economic penalties seemed to be the main cause of the decline. We didn't block anything - we put it on hold.

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China's UN Ambassador Ma Zhaoxu said China was committed to denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and to the promotion of dialogue and negotiations.

Pompeo also called for an end to sanctions violations and Haley said the best way the talks between the United States and North Korea could be supported was by enforcing, not easing, sanctions.

These actions are all "generating significant revenues for the regime and they must be stopped", he said.

At the U.N. Thursday, the USA proposed a halt to all additional oil shipments because of these violations, but China and Russian Federation blocked it, saying they needed more information. One diplomat said China quickly supported the "hold, " which automatically delays action on the USA request for six months. Are they telling us that they want to continue supplying this oil?

The administration has pushed back on those characterizations and said the talks between the two sides continue to move forward, with working groups established. "He has projected a longer time frame, but then it depends on what steps they take within that one period of time that can give us some hope and courage and encouragement that we're on the right track...it's a much more complicated process than most people think".

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"We have teams in place that are working very hard on this issue every day", State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said Wednesday.

The sanctions banned North Korea's exports of raw commodities and severely restricted its supplies of oil, which are vital to sustaining the country's military program.


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