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

Blanche Robertson
September 14, 2018

In the latest wave of punitive measures on Thursday, . the United States sanctioned two companies in China and Russian Federation for their alleged role in facilitating the North's nuclear weapons program.

The latest sanctions call for blocking any property or interests of the designated entities and individuals within the USA,.as both companies are being sanctioned for their alleged role in exporting workers from North Korea.

The report, submitted to the Security Council's North Korea sanctions committee last month, said Pyongyang had not stopped its nuclear and missile programs and was violating United Nations sanctions on exports.

Russian Federation at the end of August had blocked publication of the report on the implementation of sanctions against North Korea because it disagreed with findings that Pyongyang had exceeded a 2018 import cap for oil set by the sanctions imposed previous year, a diplomatic source said last month.

At the end of August, Russia blocked publication of the report because it disagreed with the findings.

"This is a risky precedent and a stain on the important work of the Panel", Haley said, calling for the initial version of the report - dating from early August - to be published.

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The United States and other council members have said there must be strict enforcement of sanctions until Pyongyang acts.

The department designated the China-based China Silver Star, its North Korean CEO Jong Song Hwa and its Russia-based sister company Volasys Silver Star as such fronts.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the "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".

On Wednesday, the Pentagon said the United States and allies are days away from launching a new effort to more publicly expose North Korean violations of sanctions aimed at curbing its nuclear and missile programs, two defense officials tell CNN.

Diplomats said Russian Federation pressured the independent sanctions monitors to amend the report.

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.

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