Washington’s plans to broaden sanctions against Pyongyang cause utter rejection and run counter to the logic of détente, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday in the wake of the US bid at the UN Security Council 1718 Committee on extending the sanctions lists, TASS reports.
"US new sanctions approaches both fail to improve the atmosphere of the Russian-US relations and run counter to the logic of détente concerning North Korea," the ministry stressed.
It is obvious that Washington is seeking to "keep maximum pressure" on Pyongyang as long as possible actually until the "completion of the denuclearization process," the statement says.
"Such a destructive course for settling the problems of the Korean peninsula causes utter rejection," the statement reads.
As Russia’s Foreign Ministry noted, "the body of evidence presented by the Americans to substantiate their proposal is entirely unconvincing."
"Rejection is also caused by the ‘pushing’ methods of work that have already become a norm in the UN Security Council and its auxiliary bodies for the US delegation, which is trying to push through its suitable decisions in the regime of the artificial time crunch without due regard to the opinion of other members," the comment says.
What is also obvious is the Americans’ desire to "consecrate" by the authority of the UN Security Council 1718 Committee their similar unilateral restrictions they have just imposed under far-fetched pretexts," the ministry’s statement reads.
Russia has blocked Washington’s bid at the UN Security Council 1718 Sanctions Committee on North Korea on imposing international sanctions on one individual and several legal entities, including Russia’s Agrosoyuz commercial bank, allegedly operating illegally in violation of the sanctions regime in relation to that country.