Ramping up sanctions pressure on North Korea almost reaches the limit

26.02.2018, Moscow.

The UN Security Council has almost exhausted its potential to expand the sanctions pressure on the DPRK, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Monday, February 26, RIA Novosti reports on February 26.

According to Sergey Ryabkov, the new US sanctions against DPRK at a time when there is a chance for a dialogue between Pyongyang and Seoul, are puzzling. Unilateral US’ measures to halt and inspect vessels arriving at North Korean ports are alarming.

We cannot repeat over and over again the situation when the US increases its unilateral sanctions pressure immediately after the countries collectively reach an agreement with the US Security Council and make corresponding decisions“, the diplomat said.

The UN Security Council imposed various sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea during 2006-2017. In August 2017, sanctions which completely banned import of coal, iron, lead, and seafood from North Korea, were introduced. In September 2017, export of oil and other petroleum products to North Korea from the UN member states were completely banned. North Korean citizens were also banned from working abroad.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

 

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