UN Security Council to discuss U.S. claims of efforts by countries to undermine North Korea sanctions

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The United Nations Security Council will convene an urgent meeting on Monday to discuss what Washington says are efforts by some countries “to undermine and obstruct” sanctions against North Korea.

In a statement, the US mission to the UN said the agenda would be “to discuss the implementation and enforcement of UN sanctions” on Pyongyang that were designed to pressure the isolated state to give up its nuclear weapons.

Washington has accused Moscow of altering an independent UN report to hide language that implied Russian companies violated sanctions on the North.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday accused Moscow of working to impair the international sanctions, first agreed in 2006 and subsequently strengthened to severely weaken the North Korean economy.

“Russia has actively attempted to undermine the UN Security Council resolutions, the work of the … committee at the U.N. that evaluates compliance with sanctions,” he told a news briefing at the US State Department.

Pompeo said he hoped the UN sanctions committee would “publish the original document … which shows clear activities related to sanctions and sanctions violations.”


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