Russia urges Security Council to work on solving N.Korean humanitarian issues — mission

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A session of the UN Security Council

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UN, November 9. /TASS/. During the closed session of the UN Security Council on Thursday, Russia urged its partners to jointly work on solving North Korea’s humanitarian issues caused by sanctions, official spokesman for the Russian Permanent Mission to the UN Fyodor Strzhizhovsky told TASS.

“Today during the UNSC consultations we have drawn the attention of the members of the Council to serious humanitarian problems that exist as a result of implementation of the sanctions resolutions,” he said. “In this connection we urge to examine as soon as possible the options to rectify the situation using the entire tool set available to the UNSC.”

Earlier on Thursday, US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley told reporters after the meeting that Russia was seeking to remove sanctions against the banking sphere. “They talk a lot about how they are concerned about the humanitarian situation in North Korea, but the truth always comes out at the end,” she said. 

“What they are looking for is to lift banking restrictions,” Haley continued. “So now we know what their agenda is, we know exactly what they are trying to do and we are not going to let it happen.”

Commenting on those claims, Strzhizhovsky said that the issue of sanctions against the banking sector was raised only as part of a broader humanitarian context.

“During today’s consultations, the issue of banking sanctions against North Korea was mentioned only in the context of ensuring the activity of UN humanitarian agencies in this country,” he said.

Russia and China have repeatedly spoken in favor of gradually easing UN sanctions against North Korea.

In December last year, UN Security Council adopted a resolution that imposed tougher sanctions on North Korea after Pyongyang’s missile test. The document envisaged new restrictions on supplying oil and oil products and demanded that all countries deport North Korean labor migrants in the next 24 months. The resolution also envisages restrictions on delivering industrial equipment, heavy equipment and transport to North Korea.

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