Pompeo Re-emphasizes Importance of Sanctions on N. Korea

Erika Holt
September 20, 2018

Al Jazeera's James Bays, reporting from the UN headquarters, said the spat marked a rare departure from the Security Council's seemingly united response to North Korea in recent years.

Haley said that Russian Federation is left with a choice of either supporting or violating United Nations sanctions, emphasizing that now is not the time to ease sanctions.

The U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting Monday over allegations Russian Federation tried to block the implementation of sanctions against North Korea.

The actions come as the USA continues to push North Korea to denuclearize and remains locked in a trade war with China.

The coalition will include the United States, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada - America's partners within the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance - as well as Japan and South Korea, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing an American military official.

Some in Seoul and Washington have been concerned that a nuclear deal between North Korea and the United States could lead to a drastic reduction or withdrawal of USA troops on the Korean Peninsula.

"The United States is as committed as ever to continuing to enforce those U.N. Security Council resolutions", Pompeo told reporters.

Earlier this week, US President Donald Trump seemingly made a U-turn in Washington's policy on Pyongyang's disarmament, as he said that there is "no rush" on North Korean denuclearization for the US. "Period", Haley said Friday.

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".

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Washington's ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, cited "evidence of consistent and wide-ranging Russian violations".

The report "tells us that Pyongyang continues its nuclear programs and ballistic missile in violation of United Nations resolutions" and "we must be prepared to step up sanctions if necessary", he estimated.

Haley said Russia's move was in a bid to choke Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. Those businesses include a Chinese logistics company and its affiliate in Singapore, as well as Russia-based Profinet and its director general.

In July, the Trump administration sent evidence to the United Nations committee that showed that North Korea "breached" United Nations sanctions by surpassing the annual cap for refined petroleum products, according to documents obtained by CBS News.

It is also noted that North Korea increased the oil import from Russian Federation and China.

Concerned to see the security Council to new tear, several of its members have called to preserve "the unity". The US state secretary also expressed his hope that another meeting between Putin and Trump would take place this autumn.

This Xinhua file photo shows U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. "Sanctions can not replace diplomacy". Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest North Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News. "Resorting to force will bring nothing but disastrous consequences to the peninsula". "Who disseminates lies?", protested his Russian colleague, Vassily Nebenzia.

Haley told the council that "the hard, sensitive talks with North Korea are ongoing".

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