US Sanctions N. Korea IT Firms in China, Russia

She accused the UN panel of “caving to Russian pressure” and making changes to its report

She accused the UN panel of “caving to Russian pressure” and making changes to its report

"The United States will continue to fully enforce and implement sanctions until we have achieved the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea". Agence France-Presse reported that diplomatic sources at that time also said Russia blocked a U.S. request that two Russian shipping companies and six of their vessels be sanctioned over oil shipments to the North.

Sister technology firms, Jilin-based China Silver Star and Vladivostok-based Volasys Silver Star, were Chinese and Russian in name only and acted as front companies for North Koreans, the US Treasury Department alleged in a press release on Thursday.

The US Department of Treasury blacklisted Russia's Volasys Silver Star company located in Vladivostok in terms of sanctions against North Korea, the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) reports on Tuesday.

The Treasury also said the China-based company was linked to the North Korean government's defense research and ballistic missile programs.

The Trump administration has kept up sanctions pressure on the North, even as the US seeks to negotiate on denuclearization.

"This is a risky precedent and a stain on the important work of the Panel", Haley said, calling for the initial version of the report - dating from early August - to be published.

United States ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, blasted the panel for not doing enough to monitor sanctions imposed by Donald Trump, and "for caving to Russian pressure and making changes to what should have been an independent report".

At the end of August, Russia blocked publication of the report because it disagreed with findings that Pyongyang had exceeded a 2018 import limit for oil set by the sanctions imposed in 2017, the diplomat said.

The State and Treasury departments would decide on appropriate additional sanctions to recommend and impose, he said.

"The full implementation of UN Security Council resolutions remains mandatory for all member states - including Russian Federation". The Security Council has to agree by consensus on whether to publish the report and the United States objected to releasing the amended document.

Russia's United Nations mission and the head of the sanctions monitor panel did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

White House officials have acknowledged that there has been no progress on denuclearization, even as President Donald Trump considers a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

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