US Sanctions N. Korea IT Firms in China, Russia

Treasury targets North Korean-run IT companies with sanctions

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The United States has accused Russian Federation of altering an independent United Nations report to cover up Moscow's alleged violation of UN sanctions on North Korea.

The United States accused Russia on Thursday of pressuring an independent panel of U.N. experts to alter a report on sanctions against North Korea that included alleged sanctions violations "implicating Russian actors".

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

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.

The department claims the companies are fronts for the North Korean government.

Haley said the panel should release the original report, which cited "a massive increase in illicit ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products" for North Korea in violation of United Nations sanctions.

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

"Russia can't be allowed to edit and obstruct independent United Nations reports on North Korea sanctions just because they don't like what they say".

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

The revenue raised by those companies helps the North Korean government skirt US sanctions, which are meant to pressure the country to denuclearize. "Period", Haley said in a statement.

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

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

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.

September 6, the US Treasury imposed sanctions against North Korean companies and citizens of the DPRK for conducting cyber attacks.

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