US Imposes Sanctions on N. Korean IT Firms

Treasury targets North Korean-run IT companies with financial sanctions | TheHill

A summary of the experts report obtained in early August by The Associated Press also said North Korea has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs.

Haley and other diplomats claim that Russian Federation pressured the independent monitors to amend the report.

This followed news that the United States sanctioned a Chinese technology firm and its Russian sister company following allegations both were being operated by North Korea and therefore providing revenue to Pyongyang.

The Treasury Department announced Thursday it is designating China Silver Star, its North Korean CEO Jong Song Hwa, and its Russia-based sister company.

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 U.S. said that the companies targeted are also linked to the organizations involved in North's weapons program.

The US in July had demanded without success an end to all oil exports to North Korea, citing satellite photos and expert reports to claim illegal ship-to-ship transfers had allowed Pyongyang to evade sanctions over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

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The designations are the latest effort by the Donald Trump administration to ramp up pressure on Pyongyang to fully and completely denuclearize.

"This is a unsafe 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.

The amended report removed some references to Russians accused of breaching sanctions on North Korea, said one diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Haley has called for the original report to be released by the 15-member Security Council, which must agree by consensus on whether to publish the findings.

"The full implementation of UN Security Council resolutions remains mandatory for all member states - including Russian Federation".

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

The sanctions come at a time when the USA is maintaining pressure on the North Korean government in its negotiations to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

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