Published: Fri, January 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump calls out Russian Federation for helping North Korea violate economic sanctions

Trump calls out Russian Federation for helping North Korea violate economic sanctions

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says that Russian Federation is helping North Korea evade some of the sanctions imposed on it to force it to halt its nuclear missile program.

"Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea", Trump told the Reuters news agency.

Analysts described the conference, which notably did not include China and Russian Federation, as an effort to reinject diplomacy into a political situation that has only increased in tension and danger.

Canada, the United States, France, United Kingdom, Australia and most of the European and Asian continents have made clear North Korea must stop all nuclear and long-range missile programs.

Pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump over 2017 has appeared to have pushed China into following through with numerous multilateral sanctions put in place largely by the U.N. Security Council.

North Korea said after its last intercontinental ballistic missile launch in November that the test had put the US mainland within range.

In late December, the U.S. spearheaded the passage of a UN Security Council Resolution that levied the toughest restrictions on North Korea to date, banning exports of industrial equipment, machinery, transportation vehicles and industrial metals to the hermit nation.

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The sanctions seek to bar 90 percent of refined oil exports to North Korea by capping the country at 500,000 barrels a year and limiting crude oil exports at 4 million barrels annually.

"I'm not sure that talks will lead to anything meaningful", he said.

"I'd sit down, but I'm not sure that sitting down will solve the problem", he told Reuters' Steve Holland. "They ve talked for 25 years and they ve taken advantage of our presidents, of our previous presidents". That came after requiring that South Korea pay the North's Olympic costs and an agreement by the United States and South Korea to suspend a planned joint military exercise.

"They're not there yet, but they're close". She said the universal view she heard was that the USA should keep up a strong defense alliance "to hold the peace for one more day so the diplomats can do their job for yet another day". Asked whether he has had communications with Kim, besides the insults the two exchange through the media or Twitter, Mr. Trump did not comment.

Denuclearization, the sticking point that has kept the USA and South Korea from seriously negotiating with Pyongyang, was brought up in the original talks, but North Korea expressed disdain at the mention. "I get more exercise than people think".

"Our approach is, in terms of having North Korea chose the correct step, is to present them with what is the best option - talks are the best option; that when they look at the military situation, that's not a good outcome for them."It is time to talk, but they have to take the step to say they want to talk".

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