Russian Federation actively working to undermine North Korea sanctions: Pompeo

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Haley called the Security Council meeting on Monday morning to allege Russian Federation and China are evading United Nations sanctions against North Korea aimed at pressuring the regime to abandon its nuclear and missile programs.

"Russia has actively attempted to undermine the UN Security Council resolutions, the work of the ... committee at the UN that evaluates compliance with sanctions", Pompeo told a news briefing at the State Department.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley doubled downed on comments she made last week about Russian Federation, saying it was "actively working to undermine" the U.N.'s North Korea sanctions. The Treasury said in the release that Profinet continued to offer its services to North Korean vessels "even after its employees knew of oil-related sanctions on North Korea".

China called for United Nations sanctions to be enforced but recalled that resolutions allow for a lifting of the punitive measures if there is progress toward denuclearisation.

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

The Russian UN mission and the North Korean UN mission did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Pompeo's remarks.

United Nations political affairs chief told the council that while there had been some recent positive developments, "there continue to be signs the DPRK (North Korea) is maintaining and developing its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes".

The Russian ambassador accused Haley of making an "emotional statement" to manipulate the Security Council.

And despite the US pushing global partners to maintain pressure on North Korea to denuclearize, full support from critical allies, Russian Federation and China, has waned.

Monday's meeting, called for by the USA, came on the eve of a high-stakes inter-Korean summit in the Pyongyang.

Nebenzia countered that "resolving the nuclear issue of the peninsula through just sanctions and pressure on Pyongyang is impossible".

After the meeting, Bessho told reporters, "We should seize the opportunity to move forward". "Period", Haley said Friday.

The DPRK is the acronym for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Ahead of the third inter-Korean summit, Geng Shuang, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, said in a briefing Monday that the Chinese government hopes that it "can achieve positive outcomes and play a positive role in strengthening the coordination and interaction between the ROK and the DPRK, sustaining and consolidating the improving situation on the Korean Peninsula and continuously promoting the political settlement of the Peninsula issue".

"This council should stay united, honor its responsibility entrusted by history and push for the denuclearization and lasting peace in northeast Asia", Ma said.

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