UN chief says 'good possibilities' for US-North Korea talks

В НАТО приняли важное решение по Северной Корее

North Korea likely conducted at least 89 ship-to-ship transfers to illicitly obtain refined petroleum products between January 1 and May 30, us data provided to the United Nations and seen by NK News on Friday claims.

An allegation has been filed by the United States against the U.N. Security Council North Korea sanctions panel. The sanctions also introduced a limit of 4 million barrels per a twelve-month period as of 22 December 2017 for the supply, sale or transfer of crude oil to North Korea.

Consequently, the US recommended that the UN 1718 sanctions committee issue a "public note verbale to all UN Member States to inform them that the DPRK has breached the UNSCR 2397 OP5 refined petroleum product quota for 2018", and that all countries should "order an immediate halt to all transfers of refined petroleum products to the DPRK".

It is reported that from January 1 through may 30, 2018, the North Korean tankers appeared in the port in the DPRK, no less than 89 times.

Only Russia and China have detailed genuine offers of about 14,000 tons of refined oil to North Korea in 2018, according to the website of Security Council North Korea sanctions committee.

"The committee was expected to take five days to consider the request, which China and Russian Federation are expected to block", AFP noted.

The participants concluded at the Brussels summit, NATO called for further pressure on North Korea until Pyongyang fully complete nuclear disarmament.

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USA officials have insisted that Washington's policy of imposing sanctions on North Korea remains as tough as ever.

North Korean skippers are thought to be conducting the at-sea transfers of fuel products to circumvent United Nations sanctions created to limit how much Pyongyang can import each year.

Specifically, the declassified intelligence briefing prepared for the United Nations panel overseeing North Korea sanctions documented scores of shipments into North Korea and detailed dates, cargoes, tankers and volumes of deliveries.

"These sales and any other transfer must immediately stop since the United States believes the DPRK has breached the. refined petroleum products quota for 2018", it said.

While Pompeo said those talks were making progress, North Korea angrily accused Washington of making "gangster-like" demands for quick denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

The United States provided a list to the Security Council committee of the 89 North Korean tankers and a few select photos, seen by Reuters.

The sanctions committee chaired by the Netherlands set a deadline of 12:00 pm (1600 GMT) on Thursday Jul 19 for countries to raise objections.

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