United States urges U.N. Economic Sanctions until N’Korea acts on denuclearisation

Vastavam web: The United States called on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday to act on his promise to give up nuclear weapons and said the world, including China and Russia, must continue to enforce sanctions until he does so.After briefing U.N. Security Council envoys in New York, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley warned against loosening sanctions on Pyongyang after Russia and China suggested the council could discuss such a move.

U.S. President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader met for the first time in Singapore last month and Pompeo followed up with inconclusive talks with North Korea this month. He reiterated on Friday that he had made progress.“Chairman Kim made a promise that he was prepared to denuclearise. The scope and scale of that is agreed to. The North Koreans understand what that means,” Pompeo told reporters. “We need to see Chairman Kim do what he promised the world he would do.”

“We can’t do one thing until we see North Korea respond to their promise to denuclearise. We have to see some sort of action,” Haley told.The United States last week complained to the U.N. Security Council North Korea sanctions committee that as of May 30, there had been 89 illicit ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum products this year by Pyongyang, breaching a U.N. sanctions cap.“For China and Russia to block it – what are they telling us? Are they telling us that they want to continue supplying this oil? They claim they need more information, we don’t need any more information,” Haley said.

“We put pressure today on China and Russia to abide and be good helpers through this situation and to help us continue with denuclearisation,” she said.“We abide by all decisions. We just ask questions totally in line with sanction committee rules.We didn’t block anything – we put it on hold. She needs to study basics more.”China’s U.N. Ambassador Ma Zhaoxu said China was committed to denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and to the promotion of dialogue and negotiations.