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Thu Sep 13, 2018, 09:06 PM

U.S. Accuses Russia Of Covering Up Breaches Of North Korea Sanctions

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SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 / 6:06 PM / UPDATED 2 HOURS AGO

Michelle Nichols

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused Russia on Thursday of seeking to cover up breaches of U.N. sanctions on North Korea by Russians after Moscow pushed for changes to be made to an independent report on sanctions violations.

The report, submitted to the U.N. Security Council North Korea sanctions committee last month, said Pyongyang has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs and is violating U.N. sanctions on exports.

Diplomats said Russia pressured the independent sanctions monitors to amend the report. The 15-member Security Council has to agree by consensus on whether to publish the report and the United States objected to releasing the amended document.

“Russia can’t be allowed to edit and obstruct independent U.N. reports on North Korea sanctions just because they don’t like what they say. Period,” Haley said in a statement. “The full implementation of U.N. Security Council resolutions remains mandatory for all member states – including Russia.”

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