Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

USA accuses North Korea of breaching United Nations sanctions - Document

USA accuses North Korea of breaching United Nations sanctions - Document

The United States asked the U.N. sanctions committee to "urgently inform all U.N. member states and the general public that North Korea has breached the quota" and advise them to exercise "enhanced vigilance" against Pyongyang's efforts to obtain refined oil products, according to the Associated Press.

Leaders of the NATO member states have called on the global community to maintain "decisive pressure" on North Korea to force it to abandon its military nuclear program, including by fully implementing existing United Nations (U.N.) sanctions. The sanctions also introduced a limit of 4 million barrels per a twelve-month period as of 22 December 2017 for the supply, sale or transfer of crude oil to North Korea.

The United States is raising the issue of illicit North Korea fuel transfers after Japan's foreign ministry disclosed evidence of North Korea ships connecting with fuel-supplying vessels a total of nine times in 2018, including most recently the AN SAN 1 in the East China Sea on June 29.

Washington requested in a letter that the United Nations sanctions committee declare that North Korea had violated the UN-approved quota and "order an immediate halt to all transfers of refined petroleum products" to North Korea.

Recall, is that the United States of America (USA) and North Korea (DPRK) failed to establish a joint working group on denuclearization.

The committee is expected to take five days to consider the request, which China and Russian Federation are expected to block.

The U.S. intelligence briefing asserted that most of the illegal oil was imported with Chinese and Russian help in a deliberate effort to undermine worldwide pressure against North Korea's push for nuclear missiles.

At the end of past year, South Korea impounded a Hong Kong-registered oil tanker suspected of having secretly transferred refined oil to a North Korean vessel, thus violating United Nations sanctions.

North Korea is not messing around.

U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week and North Korea is likely to be on the agenda, CNBC reported Friday.

It remains to be seen how the latest United States claim about North Korea's actions will affect discussions on the implementation of the UN Security Council sanctions.

The United States did not broadly say which countries it believed were illicitly providing North Korea with refined petroleum. North Korea depends on imported fuel to keep its battling economy functioning.

The sanctions committee chaired by the Netherlands set a deadline of 12:00 pm (1600 GMT) on Thursday Jul 19 for countries to raise objections.

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