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United States accuses Russian Federation of altering North Korea sanctions

United States accuses Russian Federation of altering North Korea sanctions

A North Korean national, Song Hwa Jong, was also sanctioned, it said.

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

Earlier on September 13, the United States imposed sanctions on two information technology companies based in China and Russian Federation for supporting Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs. South Korea, a close USA ally, said in February that it would procure new patrol aircraft to cope with the emerging threat of North Korean submarine-launched missiles.

The Treasury Department said that it blacklisted Russia-based company Volasys Silver Star, China-based China Silver Star and its CEO Jong Song Hwa for violating US sanctions.

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said in late August that he put a hold on the report's release "because we disagree with certain elements" that he refused to disclose.

According to the Treasury, China Silver Star is linked to the North Korean ruling party's Munitions Industry Department, which it said is responsible for overseeing the country's ballistic missile program.

President Donald Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in June at a summit in Singapore where Kim agreed in broad terms to work toward denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. "Period", Haley said in a statement.

Russian Federation argued the report filed to take into consideration Moscow's own analysis of the sanctions and that it had relied too heavily on intelligence from the US.

Russia's United Nations mission and the head of the sanctions monitor panel did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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

"Treasury is once again warning the IT industry, businesses, and individuals across the globe to take precautions to ensure that they are not unwittingly employing North Korean workers for technology projects by doing business with companies like the ones designated today", Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in a statement.

Meanwhile, South Korea's foreign ministry said that the latest United States sanctions appear to reflect Washington's belief that both sanctions and dialogue are important in achieving the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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