United Nations diplomats: Russian Federation and China block U.S. on North Korea oil

Irving Hamilton
July 21, 2018

US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said on Thursday it was technically possible for North Korea to eliminate its nuclear weapons programme within a year, but added that it was not likely to happen.

On what the USA needs to see happen going forward, Pompeo said, laughing, "It is really pretty straightforward".

Under a United Nations sanctions resolution adopted last year, crude oil supplies to North Korea were limited to 4 million barrels per year, with a ceiling of 500,000 barrels put on refined oil products.

Diplomats expect Pompeo to push for strict enforcement of UN sanctions on North Korea during the meeting, which will also be attended by South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and Japan's UN Ambassador Koro Bessho.

South Korean Ambassador to the UN Cho Tae-yul also joined the talks.

The U.S. has pushed for rapid moves toward ridding North Korea of its nuclear weapons and says sanctions will remain until Pyongyang follows through on Kim's pledge. "We are talking about easing sanctions pressure through the U.N. Security Council, as well as the removal of unilateral USA sanctions".

It asked the committee to order a halt to refined petroleum exports to North Korea, but Russian Federation and China put a "hold" on the request on Thursday and asked for more detail on the US accusation.

"We have teams in place that are working very hard on this issue every day", State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said Wednesday. Haley is doing heavy lifting in an effort to show the Security Council that North Korea is in "breach" of sanctions that cap the transfers of refined petroleum products at 500,000 barrels a year.

Last month, Beijing suggested the Security Council consider suspending or lifting sanctions on North Korea if it is in compliance with United Nations resolutions and making progress in negotiations.

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While acknowledging there had been some ship-to-ship transfers of energy supplies despite the embargo, Coats said it had not been so significant as to prevent North Korean leaders from seeing the "consequences of sanctions".

Committee rules allow up to a six-month delay, with the possibility of three additional months, van Oosterom told CBS News.

The Russians and Chinese, who are key suppliers of petroleum products to North Korea, said they needed more time to examine the USA allegations, the diplomats said.

On Friday, Haley said that no additional evidence is needed.

North Korean tankers reportedly obtains clandestine oil cargo in worldwide waters from ships that often switch off their satellite tracking systems to prevent any monitoring of their activities. He then went on to say that the "countries of the UN Security Council are united on the need for final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea as agreed to by Chairman Kim [Jong-un]". The U.S. nixed that statement within hours of it being circulated, but the divisions continue.

He also said that "members of the Security Council and by extension all United Nations member states have unanimously agreed to fully enforce sanctions on North Korea and we expect them to continue to honor these commitments". "They claim they need more information, we don't need any more information", Haley said.

"We put pressure today on China and Russian Federation to abide and be good helpers through this situation and to help us continue with denuclearization", she said after the meetings.

"What we need now, though, is we need to continue that", Pompeo said.

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