US Pompeo seeks to shore up United Nations support for North Korean sanctions

Saul Bowman
July 23, 2018

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday urged United Nations member-states to keep tough economic sanctions fully in place on North Korea and maintain pressure on Kim Jong Un to dismantle Pyongyang's nuclear program.

While publicly backing the US-North Korean negotiations, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is seeking direct talks with Kim Jong-un to push his own agenda, including the return of Japanese citizens abducted decades ago by North Korea.

"The difference was in the fall of 2017 when China started to enforce some of these sanctions in a much more stringent way than they had in the past", Silberstein said. "These illegal ship-to-ship transfers are the most prominent means by which this is happening", he said. "The US just came out with such unilateral, robber-like denuclearisation demands as CVID (complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement), declaration and verification that go against the spirit of the North Korean-US summit meeting", the spokesperson said.

The United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, seemingly contradicted Trump's claim on Twitter when she accused Russian Federation of blocking efforts to punish North Korea's illegal smuggling of petroleum products.

Nonetheless, President Trump is still telling reporters that "discussions [with North Korea] are ongoing and they're going very well". On her way into the meeting, Kang said Kim had made a clear commitment to scrap his nuclear and missile programs "and we will hold them up to that commitment".

"They claim they need more information", Haley said Friday. Pompeo asked. "We need to see Chairman Kim do what he promised the world he would do". The sanctions committee has what it needs.

The council past year adopted a series of three increasingly tough sanctions resolutions targeting North Korea's economy in response to Pyongyang's sixth nuclear test and a series of ballistic-missile launches.

Sooner or later, the reality of North Korea's nuclear status will hit the US. "But if the sanctions remain prolonged and oil imports continue to decrease, that will ultimately hurt it badly".

"When we and the United States are making efforts to implement the Singapore agreement, who would listen to such rude, atrocious sophistry with a presumptuous forecast lacking reality?" "Everybody is doing so".

Pompeo also called on United Nations members to crack down on other forms of sanctions evasion, "including the smuggling of coal by sea, smuggling by overland borders and the presence of North Korean guest workers in certain countries". "We all know it's going forward". In the mixed doubles, Jang Woo-jin (South Korea) and Cha Hyo-sim (North Korea) reached the semifinals on Thursday, while the other tandem, Choe Il (North) and Yoo Eun-chong (South), lost in the round of 16.

During their historic summit in June, Trump and Kim agreed to work towards the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula.

"Strict enforcement of sanctions is critical to our achieving this goal", he said.

The regime also threatened to pull out of the planned reunion of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, set for late August, if Seoul continues to refuse to repatriate 12 North Korean restaurant workers who made their way into the South in 2016.

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