US Sanctions N. Korea IT Firms in China, Russia

North Koreans gather at a monument built 10 years ago to honor the founding of the Workers' Party of North Korea in Pyongyang North Korea. North Korea's ruling party says it will hold its biggest convention

North Koreans gather at a monument built 10 years ago to honor the founding of the Workers' Party of North Korea in Pyongyang North Korea. North Korea's ruling party says it will hold its biggest convention

After the initial experts' report was released, Russian Federation and China blocked the United Nations from imposing sanctions on Russia-based entities and vessels sanctioned a week earlier by the U.S. Treasury Department.

"Also sanctioned, .is the firm's CEO, Jong Song-hwa and its Russia-based front company, Volasys Silver Star".

Earlier on Wednesday, Trump signed an executive order to help protect U.S. elections from foreign interference by imposing sanctions on countries and other actors who seek to meddle, United States officials said. Sanctions were toughened last time on December 22 of the past year.

The U.N. Security Council will meet on Monday over the implementation of sanctions on North Korea at the request of Washington, the USA mission to the United Nations said.

The announcement highlighted findings of the UN Security Council that revenue generated from overseas North Korean businesses contributes to the country's nuclear and ballistic missile programs. "Period", Haley said in a statement.

Diplomats said Russian Federation pressured the independent sanctions monitors to amend the report.

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

Russian Federation "obtained the removal of the main part of the paragraphs" concerning it, a diplomat said, speaking anonymously.

"The full implementation of UN Security Council resolutions remains mandatory for all member states - including Russian Federation". The Security Council has to agree by consensus on whether to publish the report and the United States objected to releasing the amended document.

Washington, Sep 14 (IANS): The US has imposed sanctions on two North Korean-controlled information technology (IT) companies based in China and Russian Federation, accusing them of moving illicit funds to Pyongyang, the media reported.

South Korea's foreign ministry said the move was in line with the United States' resolve to keep up sanctions to achieve complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula while carrying out dialogue.

Russia's United Nations mission and the head of the sanctions monitor panel did not immediately respond to requests for comment. White House officials acknowledge there's been no progress on denuclearization, even as President Donald Trump considers a second summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un.

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