US accuses North Korea of breaching United Nations sanctions - Document

Henrietta Strickland
July 16, 2018

Recall, is that the United States of America (USA) and North Korea (DPRK) failed to establish a joint working group on denuclearization.

While Pompeo said those talks were making progress, North Korea angrily accused Washington of making "gangster-like" demands for quick denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

North Korea characterized US attitudes as being "gangster-like" when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Pyongyang a week ago, and suggested it might not be willing to denuclearize after all.

The declassified USA intelligence sent to the United Nations sanctions committee estimated that ship-to-ship transfers may have provided North Korea with as much as 1,367,628 barrels of refined products.

China's General Administration of Customs (GACC) spokesperson Huang Songping said at a press conference that exports to North Korea decreased by almost 41 percent in June, while imports from the neighbouring country fell by 92.6 percent during the same period, The Paper reports.

Acknowledging that the process "will not be plain sailing, ' Kong says he believed that if talks are held candidly and on an equal basis, with mutual respect, 'all the questions will find the right answers.' On Monday, Trump tweeted that China 'may be exerting negative pressure" on North Korea because of an escalating trade dispute between the United States and China.

At the end of previous year, South Korea impounded a Hong Kong-registered oil tanker suspected of having secretly transferred refined oil to a North Korean vessel, thus violating United Nations sanctions.

Last month, Trump met the North Korean leader in a historic summit in Singapore. He also said the administration would hold off imposing more sanctions for the time being.

Noting that it is in the UN's interest to "support the interests of the two member states", Guterres called for the "need to persist and to ask all countries in the region to help facilitate things for agreements to be reached".

According to the USA report to the UN, North Korea received at least 759,793 barrels of oil products between January 1 and May 30, well above the 500,000-barrel annual quota. Five were based in China.

Under U.N. Security Council sanctions Resolution 2397, U.N. member states' fuel transfers are to not exceed an annual limit of 500,000 barrels. The letter said that those sales must stop immediately. North Korea depends on imported fuel to keep its battling economy functioning.

The naming of Russia comes four days before Trump is due to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

The United States provided a list to the Security Council committee of the 89 North Korean tankers and a few select photos, seen by Reuters.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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