‘Sanction waves’ from Washington are ‘illegitimate & useless’ - Russian Foreign Ministry

Lester Mason
August 19, 2018

WASHINGTON-The United States imposed sanctions on a Russian port service agency and Chinese firms on August 15 for aiding North Korean ships and selling alcohol and tobacco to North Korea, in breach of US sanctions aimed at pressuring it to end its nuclear programs.

Moscow on Thursday reacted to new US sanctions against a Russian company and individual, with the country's foreign ministry issuing a statement calling them "destructive".

North Korea on Thursday urged South Korea not to "blindly" follow the sanctions imposed by other countries and global organisations.

Such department pointed that enterprise served at least on six different occasions, ships with the North Korean flag, which transported thousands of tons of refined oil products.

The sanctions mandate that no U.S. citizen can deal with any of those designated in the order, and any of their properties in the United States "must be blocked", the Treasury said.

The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday imposed sanctions on three companies from China, Russia and Singapore accused of helping North Korea dodge worldwide sanctions.

"... China's position on opposing countries enacting unilateral sanctions on other countries and "long-armed jurisdiction" is consistent and clear," it added, without elaborating.

Recent studies have shown North Korea has established "sophisticated transnational smuggling networks", to distribute illicit goods, which provide the regime with the revenue it needs to fund military and weapons programs.

The office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the next summit would not take place before September 10, citing Pyongyang's internal political events.

The statement was echoed by Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov during an interview with Interfax news agency on the same day.

A government official said Pompeo would meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during his upcoming visit, according to a report by broadcaster JTBC Thursday. The repeated issuing of sanctions, however, did not make them legitimate by any means, the Ministry said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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