U.S. Accuses Russia Of Altering UN Report On North Korea Sanctions


The Department of the Treasury also sanctioned a North Korean individual in the latest set of sanctions aimed at denuclearizing the regime.

Meanwhile, South Korea's foreign ministry said that the latest U.S. sanctions appear to reflect Washington's belief that both sanctions and dialogue are important in achieving the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Russian Federation has said the USA had acted without evidence on the basis of groundless accusations.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley expressed disappointment in the panel monitoring sanctions against North Korea "for caving to Russian pressure and making changes to what should have been an independent report".

The Treasury Department accused China Silver Star of having ties to the USA and UN-designated Munitions Industry Department, controlled by North Korea's ruling party.

A North Korean national, Song Hwa Jong, was also sanctioned, it said.

Russian Federation "obtained the removal of the main part of the paragraphs" concerning it, a diplomat said, speaking anonymously.

Haley said Russian interference "sets an unacceptable precedent that damages the sanctity of the United Nations independent panel reporting process".

Washington on Thursday imposed sanctions on a China-based tech firm, its North Korean chief executive and a Russian subsidiary, accusing them of moving illicit funding to North Korea in violation of USA sanctions.

The US announced new sanctions against North Korea on Thursday, taking aim at a Chinese company, its North Korean CEO and its Russia-based sister company.

"This is a risky precedent and a stain on the important work of the panel", Haley said.

Russian Federation argued the report filed to take into consideration Moscow's own analysis of the sanctions and that it had relied too heavily on intelligence from the US.

The Russian mission to the United Nations and the chair of the independent panel of U.N. sanctions monitors did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The department claims the companies are fronts for the North Korean government.

The sanctions come at a time when the USA is maintaining pressure on the North Korean government in its negotiations to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.