Russia has temporarily ceased discussions of a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) report on North Korea due to disagreement on some of its points and concern that some its parts can be leaked to the media. Moscow also demanded that the report of the UNSC Committee on North Korea (the 1718 Committee) on the implementation of sanctions against North Korea and its nuclear program has to be amended.
“The discussion was vivid… we put on hold the report of the Committee 1718, because we disagree with certain elements of the report and on the conduct of the business itself. I will not dwell upon it because the report, before it is published, is confidential,” Vassily Nebenzia, a Russian UN envoy, told media commenting on this situation. “We and other delegations expressed concern on the regular leaks of the committee information into the press, you can look it up on the internet.”
According to Nebenzia, Moscow also filled a request to investigate the leaks but some of the UNSC members are not willing to do so. Nebenzia said that the leaks are “inadmissible” and “against the principle of the work of the committee.”
A confidential report on the implementation of North Korea sanctions was leaked to Reuters on August 4. The report citing a six-month review by independent experts North Korea has not ceased its nuclear and missile program as well as has supplied weapons to some states in the Middle East and Africa. Yemen’s Houthis were among the alleged customers of North Korean weapons. Then, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that the leak was designed to increase pressure on North Korea.