U.S. Bid To Ban Fuel Shipments To North Korea Fails

Russia, China delay US bid to cut off oil to North Korea

U.S. Bid To Ban Fuel Shipments To North Korea Fails

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said today that while the United States is committed to maintaining sanctions on North Korea until it dismantles its nuclear arsenal, some countries have broken agreed-upon sanctions by providing petroleum to the rogue regime above and beyond what is allowed.

Clinton, speaking at OZY Fest in New York City, said that refusing to condemn Russian election interference "only empowers them and only enables them to continue destroying" the USA electoral process.

Haley credits these sanctions, cooperation with the worldwide community - which expelled diplomats - and thwarted clandestine communication with the North with the success of their mission.

After President Donald Trump held an unprecedented summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, China proposed that the council signal a possible easing of sanctions to welcome the diplomatic thaw. He also briefed the full U.N. Security Council plus Japan on his latest trip to Pyongyang, which occurred earlier this month.

But if each tanker were fully loaded with fuel, the amount smuggled would be triple its quota, the US documents said.

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, according to the document, which was seen by AFP.

"These illegal ship-to-ship transfers are the most prominent means by which these transfers are happening", Pompeo said. He noted that Pyongyang had illegally smuggled oil 89 times in the first five months of the year using ship-to-ship transfers.

The move on July 19 by Russian Federation and China came after Washington last week asked a UN Security Council sanctions committee to ban further shipments on the grounds that fuel smuggling has enabled North Korea to already exceed a UN-imposed cap on its fuel imports for the year.

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Russian Federation and China told the council that they needed more time to consider the U.S. request and to review Washington's allegations of sanctions-busting by North Korea.

Pompeo will likely seek to enlist support from the top United Nations body when he reports on Friday on the administration's achievements so far with North Korea, and on what lies ahead.

"Chairman Kim made a promise. that he was prepared to denuclearise".

However, in an apparent sign of frustration with a lack of concrete action by Pyongyang, he said: "So what do we need to see? It's not very fancy, but it's the truth".

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused North Korea of violating an array of tough sanctions imposed by the council.

"It is the Trump administration's hope that one day the DPRK could be in our midst here at United Nations not as pariah, but as friend", he said, referring to North Korea by its initialism. Pompeo met with the U.N. Security Council for a briefing on the North Korea Summit.

A Reuters report shows independent United Nations monitors found the North benefitted by $200 million in the sale of banned commodities, including shipping coal to Russia, China, Vietnam and Malaysia.

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