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UN Security Council report on North Korea includes amendments proposed by Russia

13.09.2018 14:04

UN Security Council report on North Korea includes amendments proposed by Russia
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The amendments, which the Russian side insisted on, were included in the report of the group of experts of the 1718 Sanctions Committee on sanctions against Pyongyang, according to press service of the Russian Federation's Permanent Mission to the UN, TASS reported.

According to the press service, amendments have been included in the report. At this stage, the Mission sees no obstacles to the distribution of the report in the UN Security Council.

According to the Mission, "the quality of the report has only gained" from the introduction of these adjustments. The situation around the report has once again demonstrated the importance of cooperation between the group of experts and the UN member states, the press service said.

Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzia told reporters on August 31 that Russia vetoed the UN Security Council discussion of the report on implementation of sanctions against Pyongyang before amending it.

"The discussion was vivid. We put on hold the report of the 1718 Sanctions Committee, because we disagree with certain elements of the report, and the conduct of business itself," Nebenzia said at the time.

On August 24, Russia blocked adoption of the agenda of the Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council, but its Chair refused to reflect this position in the report. "We and other delegations expressed concerns about regular leaks of the committee information to the press," he said, adding, "We will pursue this issue individually. We agreed that we would consult with the Chair of 1718."

Earlier, Reuters and CNN published a confidential UN report that has been in preparation for 6 months, with participation of independent experts, who assessed implementation of UN sanctions. According to the document, Pyongyang continues to develop its nuclear and missile programs in violation of UN sanctions.

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said earlier, commenting on the leak, that the UN Secretariat should carry out a thorough investigation into the media leak of a report made by a group of experts from the UN Security Council committee on North Korea ahead of its official release.

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