U.S. accuses Russia of covering up breaches of North Korea sanctions

U.S. accuses Russia of covering up breaches of North Korea sanctions

Also, the intention to abandon the North Korean nuclear program, Kim Jong-UN has declared during talks with US President Donald trump in Singapore.

North Korea's official KCNA news agency said US 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.

The order would direct intelligence agencies to assess whether any individuals or entities interfered in a US election, turn that information over to the Justice and Homeland Security departments, and then - based on their assessment of the validity and impact of that intelligence - trigger automatic sanctions, said US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

The U.S. imposed more sanctions on North Korea on Thursday, slapping economic penalties on a China-based firm, its CEO and a Russia-based subsidiary.

Mnuchin warned companies across the globe "to take precautions to ensure that they are not unwittingly employing North Korean workers for technology projects".

Sources at that time also said Russia blocked a U.S. request that two Russian shipping companies and six of their vessels be sanctioned over oil shipments to the North.

The US has been using sanctions to maintain pressure on Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programme, even as it continues to engage in diplomacy.

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The report said Pyongyang had not stopped its nuclear and missile programs and that it was violating United Nations sanctions on exports.

Haley said Russian interference "sets an unacceptable precedent that damages the sanctity of the United Nations independent panel reporting process".

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

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

Under a United Nations Security Council resolution adopted in December, UN member states are required to expel North Korean overseas workers within 24 months due to their contribution to the regime's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

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.

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