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Russia accused of changing UN report on North Korea sanctions

The report said Pyongyang did not suspend its nuclear and missile programs and that it was a violation of UN sanctions on export
17:49, 14 September 2018

Reuters

The U.S. accused Russia of alerting an independent UN report to cover up Russia’s alleged violation of UN sanctions on North Korea, as Radio Liberty reports.

“U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on September 13 said Russia pressured the independent sanctions monitors to amend a report that was eventually submitted to the Security Council's North Korea sanctions committee last month” the news agency reads.

The report said Pyongyang did not suspend its nuclear and missile programs and that it was a violation of UN sanctions on export.

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The Ambassador and other diplomats claim that Russia “pressured the independent monitors to amend the report”.

“Speaking on condition of anonymity, one diplomat said the amended report removed some references to Russians accused of breaching North Korea sanctions,” the message says.

According to AFP, another diplomat said that several paragraphs which concerned Russian oil trade were removed under Moscow’s request.

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In late August, Russia blocked publications of the report as it did not comply with the findings that Pyongyang exceeded 2018 import limit for oil set by the sanctions.

"Russia can't be allowed to edit and obstruct independent UN reports on North Korea sanctions just because they don't like what they say. Period. The full implementation of UN Security Council resolutions remains mandatory for all member states – including Russia. This is a dangerous precedent and a stain on the important work of the panel,” Haley said.

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The Ambassador called for the original report to be released by the 15-member Security Council. Yet, Russian UN mission did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

After Trump-Jong Un Summit in June, Russia and China pushed for the Security Council to lighten sanctions on Pyongyang.

The Security Council is to meet on September 17 to discuss introduction of sanctions on North Korea at Washington’s request.

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