Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Korea of UN breach

Korea of UN breach

The US government is calling on the sanctions committee to order United Nations member countries to immediately halt all transfers of refined petroleum products to North Korea.

"This is likely to deliver refined petroleum products illicitly procured via STS (ship-to-ship) transfers, " the USA told the U.N. Security Council's North Korea sanctions committee.

CNN reported Thursday that a North Korean delegation did not show up to a scheduled meeting at the DMZ with us officials.

The supplies have been made via ship-to-ship transfers with North Korean tankers that have called in port at least 89 times, the US says.

The U.S. also published a table of all 89 suspected tanker deliveries which took place "likely to deliver refined petroleum products illicitly procured via STS transfers".

The committee has one week to evaluate the request.

According to AFP, the United Nations committee will consider the USA request and take five days to do that, with China and Russian Federation expected to block the consideration of the request.

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On Thursday, President Donald Trump also tweeted a laudatory letter North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent on July 6.

North Korea is not messing around. "Great progress being made", he wrote.

US officials have insisted that Washington's policy of imposing sanctions on North Korea remains as tough as ever. Pompeo did not meet with Kim, who reportedly was visiting a potato farm.

North Korea characterized US attitudes as being "gangster-like" when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Pyongyang a week ago, and suggested it might not be willing to denuclearize after all.

Three days ago, Trump expressed his belief that his administration could reach an agreement with Pyongyang. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

China's exports to North Korea started to see its first negative growth in August, 2017, immediately following the sanctions, according to GACC figures. But last month, Trump said he did not want to use the phrase "maximum pressure" any longer to describe the sanctions campaign, because the two sides were "getting along".

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