Russia Blocking UN Report Finding North Korea is Violating UN Sanctions

Vasily Nebenzya. Credit: The Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation

(From RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty)

“The report is on hold because we disagree on certain elements of the report and on the conduct of the business itself,” Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya told reporters late on August 30 after a closed UN Security Council meeting on the matter.

Nebenzya didn’t disclose Russia’s concerns, but UN diplomats said a key objection that Russia raised at the meeting was the report’s mention of Russian ships being involved in illegal ship-to-ship transfers of fuel, which have helped push North Korea over a UN-imposed cap on its oil imports for the year.

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