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US accuses Russia of altering North Korea sanctions report

US accuses Russia of altering North Korea sanctions report

The dispute between Russian Federation and the U.S as well as Western and other Security Council members has delayed the official release of the six-month report by the expert panel monitoring sanctions against North Korea.

The move to designate the two entities as North Korean-controlled, announced by the US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control, will ban the firms and their executives from the US financial system and from doing business with US citizens.

The Trump administration has maintained pressure on Pyongyang through sanctions in an effort to convince North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, which are a threat to the US.

The department claims the companies are fronts for the North Korean government.

"The regime's state-run Korean Central News Agency on Thursday put up commentary by a researcher at its foreign ministry who said that the hacker the USA sanctioned does not exist, and that North Korea had nothing to do with the crime".

It also said Pyongyang continues to defy global sanctions through a "massive increase" in illicit ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum products.




President Donald Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in June at a summit in Singapore where Kim agreed in broad terms to work toward denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Russian Federation has said the United States had acted without evidence on the basis of groundless accusations.

Russian Federation "obtained the removal of the main part of the paragraphs" concerning it, a diplomat said, speaking anonymously.

A summary of the experts' report obtained in early August by The Associated Press also said North Korea has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs. "The full implementation of U.N. Security Council resolutions remains mandatory for all member states - including Russian Federation".

The U.N. Security Council will meet on Monday over the implementation of sanctions on North Korea at the request of Washington, the US mission to the United Nations said.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, one diplomat said the amended report removed some references to Russians accused of breaching North Korea sanctions. MsHaley called for the initial version of the report - dating from early August - to be published.