Pompeo calls on North Korea to keep denuclearization promise

Pompeo calls on North Korea to keep denuclearization promise

Pompeo calls on North Korea to keep denuclearization promise

The U.S. State Department said it would veto any reduction of the UN Security Council's imposed ban on North Korea's exports, the Voice of America reported on Thursday, and that it would take action against those who facilitate North Korea's evasion of worldwide sanctions, following the reports of coal shipments from Russian Federation to a third country.

"These sales and any other transfer must immediately stop since the United States believes [North Korea] has breached the ... refined petroleum products quota for 2018", the US argued.

Washington made the case to the U.N. Security Council's sanctions committee on North Korea at a time when it is seeking to negotiate the denuclearization of the isolated country.

"I don't think we should go forward with the assumption that all this is going to work", Coats said.

The 2016 arrival of a group of 12 female employees from a North Korean-run restaurant in China has been a source of contention between the rival Koreas.

Despite occasional violations, U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said Thursday he believes "those sanctions are basically being held".

Earlier, the President of South Korea, moon Jae-In said that the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula can be accelerated under certain conditions.

Not since a deadly starvation was ravaging North Korea in 1997 has the country seen its economy contract at such a large rate as it did past year. At a news conference on Wednesday, Yoshihide Suga, Japan's chief cabinet secretary, said: "We are co-ordinating closely with the U.S. regarding how North Korea will achieve denuclearisation".

Pompeo specifically referenced the 89 suspected STS transfers, added that they continue to occur to this day and called on all member states to "step up" their actions in preventing such transfers taking place.

Pompeo said this week that sanctions on North Korea would remain in place during negotiations with the country, while President Trump tweeted on Wednesday: "There is no rush, the sanctions remain!"

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"We are talking about easing sanctions pressure through the U.N. Security Council, as well as the removal of unilateral USA sanctions".

For now, the only concrete results of the Washington-Pyongyang thaw are the North's halt to nuclear and missile testing and the American side's suspension of planned military manoeuvres with South Korea, long denounced as a "provocation" by Pyongyang.

Pyongyang has frequently expressed concern that without a nuclear deterrent it could face attempted regime change or other military action by the U.S., particularly while the two countries are technically at war.

The sectors of the North Korean economy have been targets of United Nations sanctions in recent years. "These illegal ship-to-ship transfers are the most prominent means by which these transfers are happening", Pompeo said.

North Korea operates a fleet of 24 tankers capable of engaging in ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum products and other banned goods, according to the US Treasury Department.

"We will hold them up to that commitment", she said.

"The U.N. imposed fresh sanctions against the North in August and December, and those will make a serious dent in the North Korean economy this year", the BOK official told Yonhap News Agency. The document further restricts supplies of crude oil and oil products and insists all countries expel North Korean labor migrant in a span of 24 months.

These actions are all "generating significant revenues for the regime and they must be stopped", he said.

On June 12, Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un held a historic meeting - the first-ever between a sitting United States president and a North Korean leader - in Singapore.

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