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US imposes North Korea-related sanctions on Russian, Chinese firms

16 September 2018

The two information technology companies are actually North Korean-controlled entities, the Treasury Department said in a statement Tuesday that accused the Russia-based company Volasys Silver Star, China-based China Silver Star and its CEO Jong Song Hwa of violating USA sanctions.

The US announced new sanctions against North Korea on Thursday, taking aim at a Chinese company, its North Korean CEO and its Russia-based sister company.

Haley said the panel should release the original report, which cited "a massive increase in illicit ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products" for North Korea in violation of United Nations sanctions. This article is strictly for informational purposes only.

Russian Federation then also blocked a USA demand that two of the nation's shipping companies and six of their vessels be sanctioned over oil shipments to North Korea.

According to an anonymous United Nations diplomat, the Russia "obtained the removal of the main part of the paragraphs", referring to the panel's original report that had named the Russian ships and entities accused of breaking U.S. sanctions.

The strictest regime of sanctions is now in effect against North Korea, providing for financial sanctions, the ban on supplies of rocket fuel and dual-purpose equipment and materials, and exports of coal, iron, lead and other products from the country.

The Trump administration has kept up sanctions pressure on the North, even as the US seeks to negotiate on denuclearization.

The Treasury Department alleges that China Silver Star and Volasys Silver Star are run and staffed by North Korean executives and employees, with revenue going to the North Korean regime.

Russian Federation has said the USA had acted without evidence on the basis of groundless accusations. MsHaley called for the initial version of the report - dating from early August - to be published.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, one diplomat said the amended report removed some references to Russians accused of breaching North Korea sanctions. "The full implementation of U.N. Security Council resolutions remains mandatory for all member states - including Russian Federation".

By blocking since early August release of the original document, Russia explained that the report relied mainly on American information and did not take into account a Russian analysis of the application of sanctions.

The Security Council is scheduled to meet on September 17 to discuss implementation of sanctions on North Korea at Washington's the request.

"These actions are meant to stop the flow of illicit revenue to North Korea from overseas information technology workers disguising their true identities and hiding behind front companies, aliases, and third-party nationals", Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

US imposes North Korea-related sanctions on Russian, Chinese firms