North korea: the global front is broken at the UN

Cheryl Sanders
September 20, 2018

Haley, however, reiterated claims made by the US Mission to the United Nations on September 13, stating that Russia had pressured the panel to alter its independent report, which included sanctions violations implicating Russian actors - and accused Russia of "working across the board to undermine the sanctions regime".

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.

She said Russian Federation is helping Pyongyang by using ship-to-ship transfers on the high seas for "illegal procurement of refined petroleum products".

General cargo ship BOGATYR, IMO 9085730, dwt 5204, built 1996, flag Russian Federation, owner JSC Gudzon, Vladivostok.

"To evade port inspections, oil tankers come together on the high seas".

Citing Russia's actions in Syria, the alleged poisoning of a former spy in Britain and election interference in the United States, Haley said, "Deny, distract and lie" is "the new norm of Russian culture".

But despite the relatively large number of military assets dedicated to the mission, officials say that keeping tabs on North Korean smuggling is a major challenge given the amount of ocean involved and the fact that legitimate ship-to-ship transfers in worldwide waters are fairly common. But he also pointed out that the United Nations Command is a "product of the Cold War".

In fact, however, North Korea's nuclear disarmament started even before the Trump-Kim summit - at Pyongyang's initiative.

United Nations political affairs chief Rosemary DiCarlo told the council that while there had been some recent positive developments, "there continue to be signs the DPRK (North Korea) is maintaining and developing its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes". The U.S. has led the push to impose increasingly severe sanctions against the North's economy.

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.

"Despite its repeated support for United Nations sanctions, Russian Federation is actively working to undermine the enforcement of the Security Council sanctions on North Korea".

"Global sanctions are an essential part of efforts to achieve denuclearization". The South Korean Foreign Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that Pompeo said he shared information with the State Department from the information Kang briefed him on earlier in the day. She called it "a stain" on the experts' important work.

Meanwhile, North Korea's neighbors are actively trying to engage the reclusive state in trade and commerce. Japan and South Korea are reluctant to share intelligence with each other, while Seoul has its own disagreements with Washington.

"This council should stay united, honor its responsibility entrusted by history and push for the denuclearization and lasting peace in northeast Asia", Ma said.

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