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WorldRussia, China delay U.S. push for halt to North Korea fuel imports

01:30  19 june  2019
01:30  19 june  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Russia and China on Thursday delayed a U . S . push for a U .N. Security Council committee to order a halt to refined petroleum exports to North Korea According to the Security Council North Korea sanctions committee website, only Russia and China have reported legitimate sales of some 14,000

Russia and China have requested more time to consider a U . S . request to The U . S . asked a U .N. sanctions committee last week to halt the shipments after accusing North Korea of The U . S . claimed the imports go beyond the quota of 500,000 barrels per year allowed under U .N. sanctions and asked

Russia, China delay U.S. push for halt to North Korea fuel imports VLADIVOSTOK, RUSSIA - DECEMBER 12, 2018: The Sevastopol Russian cargo vessel in the Zolotoy Rog [Golden Horn] Bay. The Gudzon shipping company, the owner of the vessel, was slapped with US sanctions imposed on August 21, 2018, due to allegations of fuel delivery to North Korea. Yuri Smityuk/TASS (Photo by Yuri Smityuk\TASS via Getty Images)

UNITED NATIONS, June 18 (Reuters) - Russia and China on Tuesday delayed a U.S. request for a U.N. Security Council sanctions committee to demand an immediate halt to deliveries of refined petroleum to North Korea over accusations Pyongyang violated a U.N. cap, diplomats said.

The United States, backed by dozens of allies, told the committee last week that there had been at least 79 illegal deliveries of fuel in 2019 - mainly through transfers between ships at sea - and concluded that North Korea had breached an annual U.N. cap of 500,000 barrels imposed in December 2017.

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By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia and China on Thursday delayed a U . S . push for a U .N. Security Council committee to order a halt to refined petroleum exports to North Korea , asking for more detail on a U . S . accusation that Pyongyang breached sanctions, diplomats said.

Russia and China on Thursday delayed a U . S . push for a U .N. Security Council committee to order a halt to refined petroleum exports to North Korea , asking for more detail on a U . S . accusation that Pyongyang breached sanctions, diplomats said.

North Korea's U.N. mission has not responded to a request for comment on the accusations.

Washington wanted the 15-member U.N. Security Council North Korea sanctions committee to issue a demand for an immediate halt to deliveries of refined petroleum to North Korea.

But the committee operates by consensus and on Tuesday Pyongyang allies Russia and China delayed Washington's request for action by putting a so-called "hold" on it, diplomats said. They told the committee they believed the current situation was still in line with the relevant Security Council resolution, diplomats said.

"We need more details as usual because they provided generalized information," Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told Reuters.

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UNITED NATIONS, July 19 (Reuters) - Russia and China delayed on Thursday a U . S . push for a U .N. Security Council committee to order a halt to refined petroleum exports to North Korea , asking for more detail on a U . S . accusation that Pyongyang has breached a cap, diplomats said.

Russia and China delayed a US push for a UN Security Council committee to order a halt to refined petroleum But Washington says North Korea has also illicitly obtained more refined petroleum through Reuters in December reported that Russian tankers had supplied fuel to North Korea by

China and Russia placed a similar U.S. request in limbo a year ago, saying they needed more details on Washington's accusation then of 89 illicit fuel imports by North Korea in the first five months of 2018.

"The restriction on the DPRK's refined petroleum imports is critical to maintaining pressure on the DPRK, including those parties responsible for its WMD (weapons of mass destruction) program, to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization of the DPRK," read last week's U.S. complaint, seen by Reuters.

North Korea is officially known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The U.N. Security Council has unanimously boosted sanctions on North Korea since 2006 in a bid to choke funding for Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, banning exports including coal, iron, lead, textiles and seafood, and capping imports of crude oil and refined petroleum products.

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By: [email protected] (Bearish Mitch)Published: Summary: Russia and China on Thursday delayed a US push for a UN Security Council committee to order a halt to refined petroleum exports to North Korea , asking for more detail on a US accusation that Pyongyang breached sanctions, diplomats said.

When North Korea launched long-range missiles this summer, and again on Friday , demonstrating its ability to strike Guam and perhaps the United States mainland, it powered the weapons with a rare, potent rocket fuel that American intelligence agencies believe initially came from China and Russia .

The U.S. accusation coincided last week with U.S. President Donald Trump announcing he had received a "beautiful" letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Washington is seeking to rebuild momentum in stalled talks with Pyongyang, aimed at getting North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program.

Under U.N. sanctions, countries are required to report to the Security Council North Korea sanctions committee monthly sales of refined petroleum to North Korea. According to the committee website, only Russia and China have reported legitimate sales to Pyongyang during the past two years.

While the latest U.S. complaint that North Korea has breached the U.N. cap does not name who it believes is supplying refined petroleum for the transfers at sea, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley accused Russia in September of "cheating" U.N. sanctions on North Korea.

Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejected the U.S. accusations.

Reuters has also reported that Russian tankers had supplied fuel to North Korea by transferring cargoes at sea.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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