Pompeo Warns Against Easing Pressure on North Korea

Marsha Scott
July 22, 2018

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused North Korea of violating an array of tough sanctions imposed by the council. "When sanctions are not enforced, the prospects for the successful denuclearization of North Korea are diminished". "So do I, as progress is happening".

"It will take full enforcement of sanctions for us to get there", he said during a joint news conference with Haley at United Nations headquarters in New York City.

This month, Pompeo said his talks with the North were "productive" but had previously noted that getting North Korea to dismantle its nuclear and missiles programs "is a decades-long challenge".

A cut-off of oil and fuel would have to be enforced primarily by China, which supplies most of North Korea's energy needs, but also by Russian Federation, which delivers some oil to Pyongyang.

Haley echoed his statements, urging the U.N. Security Council to "hold tight". "We are talking about easing sanctions pressure through the UN Security Council, as well as the removal of unilateral USA sanctions".

Experts say years of increasingly tougher United Nations sanctions are having an impact on North Korea.

Pompeo said Friday that by easing pressure on the sanctions against North Korea, it de-incentivizes the country from giving up its nuclear weapons program. North Korea doesn't independently publish figures on economic growth. Chairman Kim made a promise.

"We put pressure today on China and Russian Federation to abide and be good helpers through this situation and to help us continue with denuclearization", she said after the meetings. "We have to see some sort of action", Haley told reporters.

Russia, China delay US bid to cut off oil to North Korea

"We put pressure today on China and Russian Federation to abide and be good helpers through this situation and to help us continue with denuclearisation", she said. The scope and scale of that is agreed to. Pompeo asked. "We need to see Chairman Kim do what he promised the world he would do".

Since March, relations between Beijing and Pyongyang have been markedly improving, with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visiting China for summit talks with Xi no fewer than three times. "We will fully implement the resolutions".

Media reported that the US documents cite 89 instances in the first half of the year in which North Korean tankers likely delivered refined products "illicitly procured" by such transfers at sea.

U.S. documents sent to the committee and obtained by The Associated Press cite 89 instances between January 1 and May 30 in which North Korean tankers likely delivered refined products "illicitly procured" via such transfers. Russian Federation and China on July 19, 2018, asked for more time to consider a request from the U.S.to the UN Security Council to halt all deliveries of refined oil products to North Korea, U.S. diplomats said.

Earlier, Pompeo had said he and Trump are optimistic that progress is taking place.

The secretary said North Korean cyber thefts and other criminal activities are also generating significant revenue for the regime, "and they must be stopped". Speaking of the USA complaint, she added, "Now for China and Russian Federation to block it, what are they telling us?"

'What are they telling us?'

Haley asked. "They claim they need more information".

"So this idea that somehow we are not sure where our own president stands is deeply disturbing", she said. "We all know it's going forward".

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