USA extends North Korea-related sanctions

Treasury targets North Korean-run IT companies with sanctions

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The report had been blocked for publication by Russian Federation last month, with Moscow claiming it disagreed with its findings.

"We're disappointed in the panel for caving to Russian pressure and making changes to what should be an independent report", Haley added, noting that it was a "dangerous precedent".

"The United States will continue to fully enforce and implement sanctions until we have achieved the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea".

September 6, the US Treasury imposed sanctions against North Korean companies and citizens of the DPRK for conducting cyber attacks.

North Korea's official KCNA news agency said USA accusations that it was responsible for cyber attacks in 2014 and 2017 were a "smear campaign" and a man sanctioned by Washington earlier this month did not exist.

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The Treasury also said the China-based company was linked to the North Korean government's defense research and ballistic missile programs.

The United States accused Russia on Thursday of pressuring an independent panel of U.N. experts to alter a report on sanctions against North Korea that included alleged sanctions violations "implicating Russian actors".

The news came as the United States sanctioned a Chinese technology firm and its Russian sister company, saying they are both controlled by North Koreans and provide revenue to Pyongyang.

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has maintained sanctions pressure on Pyongyang in an effort to convince North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, which are a threat to the United States.

Thursday, September 13, the USA imposed new sanctions against the DPRK, under the restrictions were Russian and Chinese firms of cooperating with the North Korean regime.

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More sanctions slapped on entities that allegedly had a hand in helped North Korea develop nuclear weapons.

She accused the United Nations panel of "caving to Russian pressure" and making changes to its report.

At the end of August, Russia blocked publication of the report because it disagreed with findings that Pyongyang had exceeded a 2018 import limit for oil set by the sanctions imposed in 2017, the diplomat said.

"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 sanctions committee gave in", a move raising questions about its independence, he said.

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