U.S. Bid To Ban Fuel Shipments To North Korea Fails


The United States has called on North Korea to act on its promise to give up its nuclear weapons and said the world, including China and Russian Federation, must continued to enforce sanctions until it does so.

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The two leaders apparently exchanged views on denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and economic aid, with Kim vowing to build a "powerful socialist economy".

Pompeo traveled to New York Friday to join Haley for a meeting with the U.N. Security Council representatives, including Chinese and Russian representatives, for what Haley called "frank talk".

The quota on refined petroleum products was one of the tough sanctions imposed by the Security Council last December in response to North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile that Pyongyang said is capable of reaching anywhere on the US mainland.

After President Donald Trump held an unprecedented summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, China proposed that the council signal a possible easing of sanctions to welcome the diplomatic thaw. Both Moscow and Beijing have called for the relaxation of sanctions on North Korea. U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley accompanied the secretary.

After the talks with the rogue nation, Mr. Trump famously tweeted that there was "no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea".

As for the broader worldwide community, she said, "we ask you to hold tight as we go forward".

The United States last week complained to the U.N. Security Council North Korea sanctions committee that as of May 30, there had been 89 illicit ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum products this year by Pyongyang, breaching a U.N. sanctions cap.

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North Korean vessels were involved in at least 89 ship-to-ship transfers between January 1 and May 30, illegally importing as much as three times the amount permitted by the United Nations (500,000 barrels).

"For China and Russian Federation to block it - what are they telling us?"

Russian Federation and China told the council that they needed more time to consider the U.S. request and to review Washington's allegations of sanctions-busting by North Korea. "They claim they need more information, we don't need any more information", Haley said.

Pompeo said North Korea is also evading sanctions by smuggling coal by sea and across borders, through cyber thefts and other criminal activities, and by keeping workers in some countries that he didn't name.

"The path ahead is not easy, it will take time".

USA documents sent to the committee and obtained by The Associated Press cite 89 instances between January 1 and May 30 in which North Korean tankers likely delivered refined products "illicitly procured" via such transfers.

The Trump administration hopes that one day North Korea will be at the United Nations "not as a pariah but as a friend", Pompeo said.

"Chairman Kim made a promise. that he was prepared to denuclearise".