US Calls For UN Security Council Meeting To Discuss Its Disappointment With Russian Stance On North Korea Sanctions

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US Calls For UN Security Council Meeting To Discuss Its Disappointment With Russian Stance On North Korea Sanctions

The UN Security Council chamber (photo credit: CC BY-SA Gruban, Flickr)

The US will convene an emergency UN Security Council meeting on September 17th, as announced by John Degory, a public affairs officer of the US mission to the UN on September 14th. The reason behind is Washington’s disappointment with the Russian stance regarding a UN expert panel report on the implementation of North Korea sanctions.

“I can confirm meeting on Monday,” he told TASS, when asked by TASS whether the UN Security Council would convene following US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley’s statements on her disappointment by Russia’s amendments to a report from the UN’s independent Panel of Experts on the implementation of UN North Korea sanctions.

Earlier on September 13th, the press service of the Russian mission to the UN said that the amendments, presented by the Russian side, were introduced into the report by the Committee 1718 panel of experts on sanctions against Pyongyang. According to the mission’s statement, the amendments have only increased the quality of the report. “The situation with the report has once again demonstrated the importance of the expert panel’s cooperation with the group of experts,” the mission added.

TASS also cited Russia’s UN envoy, Vasily Nebenzya, who on August 31st told reporters that Russia had blocked the council’s discussion on implementation of sanctions against Pyongyang until amendments are introduced to the report, after the closing of UN Security Council consultations on North Korea.

TASS also recalled that on August 24, Russia blocked the adoption of the UN sanctions committee agenda, but its chairman refused to reflect this stance in the report. Nebenzya said shortly after that Russia and other delegations “expressed their concern about regular leaks of information from the committee and requested an inquiry into them.”

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused Moscow on September 13th of seeking to cover up breaches of UN sanctions on North Korea by Russians.

Also on September 13th, The US announced new sanctions against North Korea Thursday, aimed at a Chinese company, its North Korean CEO and its Russia-based sister company.

The two information technology companies are North Korean-controlled entities, according to a US Treasury Department statement from September 11th. The statement accused the Russia-based company Volasys Silver Star, China-based China Silver Star and its CEO Jong Song Hwa of violating US sanctions.

“These actions are intended to stop the flow of illicit revenue to North Korea from overseas information technology workers disguising their true identities and hiding behind front companies, aliases, and third-party nationals,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

He warned the “IT industry, businesses, and individuals across the globe to take precautions to ensure that they are not unwittingly employing North Korean workers for technology projects by doing business with companies like the ones designated today.”

CNN also cited two unnamed defense officials, who claimed that the Pentagon said the US and allies are “days away from launching a new effort to more publicly expose North Korean violations of sanctions.”

Regarding the sanctions on the Chinese-based company, Reuters cited a manager at Yanbian Silverstar, who would only give his family name Jin, said the allegations were “impossible.”

“I’ve never heard of Jong Song Hwa,” he was cited by Reuters.

On September 14th, China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang said that China fully enforces United Nations resolutions on North Korea and resolutely opposes any country enacting unilateral sanctions on Chinese entities using “long-arm jurisdiction.”

“China had already lodged stern representations with the U.S. side about this and urges the U.S. side to stop these wrong actions,” he said.

Furthermore, on September 13th, North Korea’s official KCNA news agency said U.S. accusations that it was responsible for cyber attacks in 2014 and 2017 were a “smear campaign” and a man sanctioned by Washington earlier this month did not exist.

Washington charged and sanctioned Pak Jin Hyok and a Chinese-based front company he worked for, Chosun Expo, over the 2017 global WannaCry ransomware cyberattack and the 2014 cyberassault on Sony Corp.

KCNA said Pak was “non-existent” and the act of cyber crimes mentioned by Washington “has nothing to do with us.”

“The U.S. farce of prosecution is none other than a vicious slander and another smear campaign full of falsehood and fabrication designed to undermine the DPRK,” KCNA said. “In reality, the U.S. is the chief culprit responsible for posing security threats in cyberspace.”

On September 13th, despite the deal made between the US and North Korea, US State Department announced that it supported the sale of six Boeing Co P-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft to South Korea for an estimated $2.10 billion and had notified Congress of its decision.

Regarding the South – North Korea relations, on September 14th it was announced that Seoul and Pyongyang opened a joint liaison office in North Korea.

The building in the North Korean city of Kaesong includes separate Northern and Southern offices and a joint conference room and is intended to facilitate cross-border exchanges following the Panmunjom Summit between President Moon Jae-in and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, AFP reported on September 14th.

“A new chapter in history is open here today,” South Korean unification minister Cho Myoung-gyon was quoted as saying by AFP at the opening ceremony, stressing that “this liaison office is another symbol of peace jointly created by the South and the North.”

The situation on the Korean Peninsula appears to have significantly improved over the past several months, since the Trump-Kim summit on June 12th. This all happens despite continuing US accusations that the North does not uphold it’s part of the Denuclearization deal, despite the US appearing to not withhold most if any of its obligations under the agreement.

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  • Jim Bim

    US Ambassador to the UN, Neocon and ultra hawk Nikki Haley is in overdrive mode during this month US presidency at the security council. Halfway trough the presidency it`s obvious, the attention and power has blocked her brain cells to function.

    • Joze

      What cells?

    • Joe

      It’s US turn to be frustrated …

  • TiredOfBsToo

    Undoubtedly, Haley’s primary qualification for the job was that of being an unrelenting liar. The position of US ambassador to the UN requires this and, as we can see, she has performed her job with the utmost vigor and to the deep satisfaction of the Deep State membership to which she aspires.

  • as

    Oh they never mention north korean nuclear+missile test facilities being dismantled ?

    As usual they would give nothing in their own respective responsibility in the agreement.

  • Tommy Jensen

    USA has never heard of Snowden, who is he?
    China, NK and Russia are making cyber spionage on America..bla bla bla bla bla bla.

    • Concrete Mike

      Yeah really….or even stuxnet…remember how they gloated about that.

      Too bad most of us have attention span and memory of goldfish.

      Oh well they wont fool this old dog thats for sure.

  • Ivan Freely

    The US and Japan is afraid of a united Korea.

    • Concrete Mike

      As they should be, I would not mess around with a unified korea, let alone north korea.

      They have all the tools needed to overtake japan’s economy.

  • Rob

    No country in the world recognize US as a sanction power or supreme power. All countries in the world have equal rights. US have no power to sanction any country. US can only humiliate themselves internationally.

  • Lena Jones

    The jews have taught the yanks well: do evil, then complain.

    • matt

      ons domme antisemietje weer….

    • Hisham Saber

      tHE U.S. is totally subjugated and subverted by Jews. Its total control across the board. The American people don’t even realise whats in store for them from the nefarious , evel Jews. Just look what they did in the Soviet Union, Ukraine during the 20th century. About 100 million killed and disappeared. As the handiwork of Jews. A very dark curtain is descending on the U.S., that will be cold, genocidal, much human suffering and entrenched poverty of the masses. With Jews as overlords and slave drivers.

  • Joe

    From the very start everyone knows that the deal will not go through as US stupidly demanded total surrender of NK nukes WITHOUT a single relief of anything as though NK lost … the likes of Bolton etc already ensured it will not work . So arrogant.

    NK must be the most stupid country in the world to denuclearise without any assurance other than their “words” which no one trusts.

  • Enkidu

    I wish I was in Putin’s boots right now just so I could go up to the podium and say “stop your whining you pieces of shit” and leave

  • Tommy Jensen

    I am also concerned and disappointed and chocked.
    Putin think he can just fool around in the International community and do what he likes, as a loner.
    A lonely wolf making uncoordinated terrorist actions without any consideration to the global majority.

    I wanna ask Putin a question. Why doesnt he want Russia to be a rich country? Why?
    South Korea, Japan, Chile and Germany and UK have all been rich countries by taking usury loans from IMF, ECB, JP Morgan, HSBC and City Bank. Why not Russia and Putin? What does Putin have against these Institutions that have created so much wealth?

    I will answer you. Its because Putin is against freedom. He is a communist in disguise and want to enslave all Russians by denying them the happiness of Iphones, lightblue Nikeshoes, Macs and LGBT communities that everybody in West have and are happy to have. They are happy for freedom!

    Putin dont want the Russians to be happy, he wants them as slaves!! This is what Putin wants!!

    • Redadmiral

      A Cracker

  • Sinbad2

    Oh no, the US is disappointed they will hold their breath until the go blue if they don’t get what they want.
    Spare the rod spoil the child.

  • Sinbad2

    I think the Americans have finally worked out they were conned.
    The whole NK nuke thing was a plan by China and Russia to bring the 2 Korea’s together, bring Korea into the new Asian economic zone, and get rid of the American spoilers.
    It’s working, the proposed railway and gas pipeline from Russia to South Korea would be of great economic benefit for all concerned, and business Trumps:) politics.

  • AM Hants

    Reminds me of this article from the Saker, Interesting, how the Senators, who wrote the report are financed by outside interests. $4 million, not bad going, to represent your lobbyist, rather than your electorate, is it Mr Royce?

    The US Bill H.R. 1644 to kill Russian food export and Chinese trade… https://thesaker.is/the-us-bill-h-r-1644-to-kill-russian-food-export-and-chinese-trade/