Russia, China block UN from saying North Korea violated sanctions

Two diplomats anonymously notified the Security Council committee before the meeting of Russia's and China's objections. (File/AFP)
Updated 19 June 2019

Russia, China block UN from saying North Korea violated sanctions

  • US and another 25 countries accused North Korea of breaching sanctions
  • Pyongong has an annual limit for importing refined petroleum products

UNITED NATIONS: UN diplomats say Russia and China have blocked the UN Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against North Korea from declaring that Pyongyang breached the annual limit for importing refined petroleum products.
Two diplomats said Tuesday that the Russians and Chinese notified the committee before Tuesday’s deadline for objections.
The United States and 25 other countries accused North Korea of violating UN sanctions by importing far more than the annual limit of 500,000 barrels of refined petroleum products.
The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.
A complaint asked the sanctions committee to rule that Pyongyang breached the refined petroleum products cap and demand an immediate halt to deliveries.


Thailand confirms six more coronavirus infections, bringing total to 14

Updated 18 min 34 sec ago

Thailand confirms six more coronavirus infections, bringing total to 14

  • Five of the new cases came from Hubei province and are part of the same family
  • The Department of Disease Control will now scan all passengers from China

BANGKOK: Thailand on Tuesday confirmed six more cases of coronavirus among visitors from China, bringing the country’s total to 14 cases, a health official said.
Five of the new cases, aged 6 to 70 years, came from Hubei province and are part of the same family, the deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control, Tanarak Plipat, told reporters.
The other patient came from Chongqing, Tanarak added.
The department will now scan all passengers from China, said Public Health Permanent Secretary Sukhum Kanchanapimai.