World US warns China, Russia to comply on NKorea sanctions

02:46  13 september  2017
02:46  13 september  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Japan, S.Korea push Putin over Pyongyang sanctions

  Japan, S.Korea push Putin over Pyongyang sanctions Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday echoed South Korea's demand for more pressure on Pyongyang after its nuclear tests as the leaders of the two countries looked to grind down resistance from Russia's Vladimir Putin."The international community must unite in applying the greatest possible pressure on North Korea," Abe said in a speech alongside Putin and South Korea's Moon Jae-in at an economic forum in Vladivostok.

The Trump administration is warning that the U . S . will punish companies in China and Russia that don't comply with restrictions in the new international sanctions on North Korea .

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration warned Tuesday that the U . S . will punish companies in China and Russia that don’t comply with restrictions in the new international sanctions on North Korea .

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The US military wants permission to start hunting down North Korean ships using 'all necessary measures'

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WASHINGTON � The Trump administration is warning that the U . S . will punish companies in China and Russia that don't comply with restrictions in the new international sanctions on North Korea .

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration warned Tuesday that the U . S . will punish companies in China and Russia that don’t comply with restrictions in the new international sanctions on North Korea .

The Trump administration warned Tuesday that the U.S. will punish companies in China and Russia that don't comply with restrictions in the new international sanctions on North Korea.

State Department and Treasury Department officials testified to the House Foreign Affairs Committee about the U.S. pressure campaign against North Korea's rapid progress toward a nuclear weapon that could strike America.

The hearing came a day after the U.N. Security Council imposed its latest sanctions over what North Korea says was a hydrogen bomb test Sept. 3, its most powerful atomic test yet. The council banned North Korean textile exports, an important source of hard currency, and capped its imports of crude oil.

Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Marshall Billingslea testifies during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on North Korea sanctions, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) © The Associated Press Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Marshall Billingslea testifies during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on North Korea sanctions, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Treasury Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billingslea credited China and Russia's support of the U.N. resolution but said both countries "must do much more" to implement and enforce the sanctions, in the face of Pyongyang's ability to evade restrictions that have been progressively tightened for a decade.

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WASHINGTON (AP) � The Trump administration is warning that the U . S . will punish companies in China and Russia that don't comply with restrictions in t. Trump: North Korea sanctions 'small step,' warns of more.

Washington: The Trump administration warned on Tuesday that the US will punish companies in China and Russia that don't comply with restrictions in the new international sanctions on North Korea .

"Because of uneven, and sometimes nonexistent, international implementation, North Korea shrugs off the practical impact of many restrictions, and is still exporting prohibited goods such as weapons, minerals, and statues," Billingslea said.

He showed to the hearing satellite images provided by U.S. intelligence of ships purported to travel between Russia and China with illicit exports of North Korean coal in violation of sanctions.

Susan Thornton, the acting top U.S. diplomat for East Asia, noted that last month the U.S. rolled out new sanctions targeting Russian and Chinese individuals and entities. She said the U.S. would continue to act to disrupt North Korea's illicit activities wherever they are located.

That included a June 29 designation of the Bank of Dandong, a regional Chinese bank, which is believed to help North Korea access the U.S. and international financial systems.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is warning that the U . S . will punish companies in China and Russia that don't comply with restrictions in the new international sanctions on North Korea .

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration warned Tuesday that the U . S . will punish companies in China and Russia that don't comply with restrictions in the new international sanctions on North Korea .

Thornton said the administration "has made clear that if China and Russia do not act, we will use the tools we have at our disposal."

Republican Rep. Ed Royce, the committee chairman, said efforts by the U.S. and its allies to counter the threat from North Korea nuclear and missile programs should be "super-charged."

He said the North's access to hard currency was its "Achilles heel." He urged the administration to "dramatically ramp up" U.S. sanctions designations of entities that deal with North Korea, particularly Chinese banks. He singled out the China Merchants Bank and the Agricultural Bank of China.

Rep. Eliot Engel, the committee's top-ranking Democrat, supported the pressure campaign but strongly criticized President Donald Trump's commentary on the North Korean crisis, which he said was making matters worse. He cited Trump's warning last month of "fire and fury" against the North if it makes more threats, and his "shaming" of allies through tweets, which he said undermined U.S. credibility.

Trump's Threat To 'Destroy' North Korea Is Wrong: Merkel .
Germany and the United States disagree on how to handle the standoff with North Korea, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday, condemning U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to “totally destroy” the reclusive state. Merkel, who is expected to win a fourth term in an election on Sunday, said sanctions and diplomacy were the only way to get the nuclear armed state to the negotiating table.“I am against such threats,” Merkel told the Deutsche Welle broadcaster when asked about Trump’s remarks at the United Nations. “We consider any form of military solution as totally inappropriate and we insist on a diplomatic solution.

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