U.S. imposed new sanctions against Russian companies

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Treasury's Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC), which administers sanctions, targeted China-based Yanbian Silverstar Network Technology Co., Ltd., also known as China Silver Star, its North Korean CEO Jong Song Hwa, and its Russia-based affiliate Volasys Silver Star.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (mih-NOO'-shin) says in a statement that the sanctions are meant to stop the flow of illicit revenue to North Korea from overseas IT workers hiding behind front companies and aliases.

Ms Haley also demanded the bench release the original report, which she claimed Russian Federation off-loaded oil in North Korea on a ship-to-ship transfer basis.

Russian Federation and China have suggested the Security Council discuss easing sanctions after US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in June and Kim pledged to work toward denuclearization.

WASHINGTON-The Trump administration blacklisted two North Korean-controlled information technology companies based in China and Russian Federation on Thursday as it pushed for progress by Kim Jong Un's government on denuclearization.

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".

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The designations are the latest effort by the Donald Trump administration to ramp up pressure on Pyongyang to fully and completely denuclearize.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused Moscow on Thursday of seeking to cover up breaches of U.N. sanctions on North Korea by Russians. North Korea, however, given no indication it is willing to give up its weapons unilaterally, as the Trump administration has demanded.

A summary of the experts report obtained in early August by The Associated Press also said North Korea has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs.

United Nations diplomats familiar with discussions said Russian Federation was angered that the panel used a lot of USA intelligence in the initial report that Moscow claimed was incorrect.

"The full implementation of UN Security Council resolutions remains mandatory for all member states - including Russian Federation".

The UN Security Council will meet on Monday over the implementation of sanctions on North Korea at the request of Washington, the USA mission to the United Nations said.

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