UNITED NATIONS- On Thursday, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley condemned Russia for seeking to cover up breaches of UN sanctions on North Korea by Russians after Moscow pushed for changes to be made to an independent report on sanctions violations.
According to the report submitted to the UN Security Council North Korea sanctions committee last month, Pyongyang has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs and is violating UN sanctions on exports.
Diplomats said Russia pressured the independent sanctions monitors to amend the report. The 15-member Security Council has to agree by consensus on whether to publish the report and the United States objected to releasing the amended document.
"Russia can`t be allowed to edit and obstruct independent UN reports on North Korea sanctions just because they don`t like what they say. Period," Haley said in a statement. "The full implementation of UN Security Council resolutions remains mandatory for all member states, including Russia."