USA pushes United Nations to maintain sanctions pressure on NKorea

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USA pushes United Nations to maintain sanctions pressure on NKorea

Coats said he wouldn't be surprised if North Korea is trying to hide something from U.S. negotiators and deceive them.

In their joint declaration after the historic meeting June 12 in Singapore, the North Korean leader "reaffirmed his commitment" to the "complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula".

Kang was in NY to meet with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and member states of the UN Security Council over the latest developments since North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made a commitment earlier this year during his summits with the South Korean and US presidents to the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula.

The sanctions look poised to remain in place until North Korea makes moves toward denuclearization. The BOK's annual report on the North Korean economy is based on information gathered by South Korea's spy agency and other authorities closely studying the North. Pyongyang does not release its own official GDP data.

While the United States has stressed the need to maintain sanctions on North Korea, Russia's envoy to Pyongyang was quoted by the RIA news agency as saying it would be logical to raise the question of easing sanctions with the U.N. Security Council, given positive changes.

At the U.N. Thursday, the USA proposed a halt to all additional oil shipments because of these violations, but China and Russian Federation blocked it, saying they needed more information.

Haley says we need to see "action" before releasing the grip on the North Koreans and she admonished other countries to "hold tight" while the deal is in play. Park Hee-jun, Arirang News.

The United States a week ago 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.

China backed Russia's effort citing the same justification.

North Korea has also reportedly stepped up its fuel production for nuclear missiles, despite committing to denuclearization.

Earlier this month, however, the North's Foreign Ministry accused Washington of pushing a "unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization", hours after Pompeo said his talks in Pyongyang with Kim Yong Chol, a close aide to leader Kim, were "productive".

An engineer at KCC working in Vladivostok earns more than around 160,000 roubles ($2,500) a month, with a portion paid to Russian Federation as tax, said another source who helps North Korean IT workers.

But Russia and China said they needed more time to consider the U.S. request and to review Washington's allegations of sanctions-busting by North Korea.

The US asked a United Nations sanctions committee last week to ban further shipments after accusing North Korea of exceeding a cap on the fuel deliveries through illegal imports.

Pompeo traveled to NY for the one-hour meeting with the council to provide a first briefing to the top United Nations body on North Korea since Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un's summit. "They claim they need more information, we don't need any more information", Haley said. North Korean state media, which has often derided the South and its former presidents as a "puppet" of USA hostile forces, has notably refrained from criticising the Moon administration especially after this year's thaw in relations. North Korea doesn't independently publish figures on economic growth.

"We also request the USA side to provide additional factual information to facilitate all states to study and make judgment", said the Chinese mission in its response to the council.

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