Russia, China block UN from saying North Korea violated sanctions


UN diplomats say Russia and China have blocked the UN Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against North Korea from announcing that Pyongyang breached the annual limit for importing refined petroleum products.

Two diplomats said Tuesday that the Russians and Chinese informed the committee before Tuesday’s deadline for objections.

The United States and twenty-five other countries accused North Korea of violating UN sanctions by importing far more than the annual limit of 500,000 barrels of refined petroleum products.

The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk publicly.

A complaint requested the sanctions committee to rule that Pyongyang breached the refined petroleum products cap and demand a quick stop to deliveries.


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