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.


Trump to issue sanctions, stop trade deal, increase tariffs on Turkey

Updated 14 October 2019

Trump to issue sanctions, stop trade deal, increase tariffs on Turkey

  • President vowed to "destroy" the Turkish economy
  • Critics say Trump's decision gave Turkey a green light to go against the Kurds

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Monday said that in response to Turkey's incursion into Syria he will soon issue an executive order authorizing sanctions against current and former Turkish officials, stop negotiations with Turkey on a $100 billion trade deal, and boost tariffs on Turkish steel to 50 percent.

In a statement in which he vowed to swiftly destroy the Turkish economy if it continues down "this dangerous and destructive path," Trump also said that U.S. troops coming out of Syria will redeploy and remain in the region to monitor the situation.

Before the invasion, Trump ordered a couple dozen US troops out of harm's way.

Critics say Trump's decision gave Turkey a green light to go against the Kurds, who had helped the US battle against Daesh militants.

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