U.S. investigates new mechanism to monitor North Korea sanctions

U.S. investigates new mechanism to monitor North Korea sanctions

THE U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said the agency expects help from Asian allies after Russia blocked the renewal of a U.N. panel monitoring sanctions in North Korea.

UN Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said Washington is eyeing engagement with allies like South Korea, Japan, and other “like-minded” countries as it looks for alternatives.

Russia last month vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that sought renewal of a panel of UN experts monitoring North Korea’s compliance with international sanctions.

“The sanctions regime adopted… against the DPRK authorities.”

Russia made the move following accusations from the United States, South Korea, and other countries that North Korea is supplying Moscow with weapons.

The veto effectively abolished the panel which was designed to monitor North Korea’s compliance with UN sanctions imposed over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs almost 20 years ago.

Greenfield said she is not expecting cooperation from Russia and China, adding that both countries will try to block international efforts to maintain monitoring of UN sanctions against North Korea.

 

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