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United States Says Russia ‘Actively Working’ to Subvert North Korea Sanctions

Written by Michael Schwirtz

The United States ambassador to the United Nations accused Russia on Monday of “actively working to undermine the enforcement” of sanctions aimed at curtailing North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

The ambassador, Nikki R. Haley, said Russia had blocked recent United Nations action aimed at strengthening controls over chemical and biological weapons technology and had resisted efforts to prevent North Korea’s development of intercontinental missiles.

The United States also has photographic evidence, Ms. Haley said, of Russian vessels, including one named the Patriot, linking up with North Korean tankers on the high seas and illegally loading them with refined petroleum.

Ms. Haley made the accusations at a United Nations Security Council session that she had scheduled. She is the 15-member Council’s president for September.

“This should offend every current and former member of the Security Council who knows how difficult it was to gain passage of the sanctions,” Ms. Haley said.

The accusations come amid rising frustrations within the Trump administration over North Korea’s failure to take serious steps toward eliminating its nuclear weapons program, despite pledges made when the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, met with President Trump in June.

In her remarks on Monday, Ms. Haley directed little criticism at Mr. Kim. She praised the summit meeting as having set “us on a path toward complete denuclearization.”

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Michael Schwirtz

Michael Schwirtz is an investigative reporter with The New York Times based at the United Nations. He began working for The Times in 2006 in the Moscow bureau, covering the countries of the former Soviet Union. From 2013 to 2017 he was a member of the Metro Desk, first covering the New York City Policy Department, then as part of Metro's investigative team, reporting about brutality and corruption in the New York State prison system and at Rikers Island in New York City.