Russia and China on Tuesday postponed the US demand for a US Security Council sanctions committee demanding an immediate suspension of deliveries of refined oil to North Korea, allegations that Pyongyang had violated the UN cap, according to diplomats.
The United States, backed by dozens of allies, told the committee last week that there were at least 79 illegal fuel shipments in 2019, especially by ship-to-ocean shipments and stated that North Korea had violated the annual 500,000 barrels established by the UN-imposed in December 2017.
The U.N. mission of North Korea did not respond to a request for comment on the allegations.
Washington wanted the North Korean sanctions committee of 15 members of the United States Security Council to issue a request for immediate suspension of deliveries of refined oil to North Korea.
China and Russia imposed similar demands on the United States a year ago, saying they needed more details on Washington’s accusation that North Korea imports of illegal fuel imports were imported during the first five months of 2018.
North Korea is officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The UN Security Council unanimously increased sanctions against North Korea since 2006 to stifle funding for Pyongyang’s ballistic and nuclear missile programs by banning exports of coal, textiles, iron, lead, and fruits, as well as the limit on imports of crude oil and refined petroleum products.
Under United Kingdom sanctions, countries must report to the North Korean Security Council Sanctions Committee on monthly sales of refined oil to North Korea. According to the committee’s website, only the two countries; China and Russia have reported legal sales to Pyongyang in the past two years.
While the latest US complaint that North Korea violated the UN cap does not specify what it says supplies refined oil for shipping at sea, former US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has accused Russia in September of “fraud” with UN sanctions over North Korea.