USA accuses Russian Federation of violating North Korea sanctions

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Russian Federation on Friday of actively working to undermine global sanctions on North Korea and said the enforcement of the steps was essential to convince Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

Her remarks come as the USA and its allies have ramped up military efforts to monitor and document evidence of sanctions violations, information the USA says proves Moscow's complicity.

But Haley also noted that Trump-Kim summit "set us on the path toward complete denuclearization" but that "we are not there yet", urging the council not to "ease the powerful worldwide sanctions".

"In order to achieve a comprehensive solution to the issues related to North Korea, we ask the security council to maintain its unity in fully implementing the relevant Security Council resolutions", Bessho said.

In a briefing to the council, United Nations political affairs chief Rosemary A. DiCarlo warned that despite some positive steps, "there continue to be signs the DPRK [North Korea] is maintaining and developing its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs".

North Korea's official KCNA news agency said USA accusations that it was responsible for cyber attacks in 2014 and 2017 were a "smear campaign" and a man sanctioned by Washington earlier this month did not exist.

But Nebenzia said Haley put a hold on the report the following day, so it is the United States that is blocking release of the report and "the ball now is in your court".

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Haley said Russian Federation had been "cheating" despite supporting United Nations sanctions resolutions. "For denuclearization, it is necessary to first build the trust, with a peace agreement", he said.

DiCarlo welcomed the positive announcements made by North Korea with regards to ending nuclear testing in April and May, including DPRK's leader Kim Jong-Un's stated commitment to the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. "Russian Federation must now demonstrate by its deeds that it shares our objectives in North Korea".

"Russia can't be allowed to edit and obstruct independent United Nations reports on North Korea sanctions just because they don't like what they say". He pointed to Washington's unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal as an example of USA backpedaling on nuclear agreements.

Since the cancellation of his third trip to Pyongyang last month, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been leading a crackdown on sanctions evasions to up pressure on the North to denuclearize amid the stalemate in talks.

Monday's meeting, called for by the USA, came on the eve of a high-stakes inter-Korean summit in the Pyongyang.

China's ambassador Ma Zhaoxu likewise declared sanctions a "dead end" and warned, "Resorting to force will bring nothing but disastrous consequences".

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia, upper left, addresses the United Nations Security Council, as U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley, right, listens at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. We know the answer: it's because Russian Federation has been cheating and now they've been caught.

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