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Call on China to stop Pyongyang from violating UN sanctions

Call on China to stop Pyongyang from violating UN sanctions

The US, European Union, Japan and other countries have requested China’s “assistance” to prevent North Korea from violating UN oil sanctions by using China’s maritime borders, according to a letter seen by AFP on Friday.

Their messengersUN Ask in this letter Help Their Chinese representative is Zhang Junin Stop maritime activities [la Corée du Nord] Seeks to avoid sanctions imposed by Security Council resolutions United Nations.

In particular, we are concerned about the repeated arrival of several oil tankers Identified by a panel of expertsUN on fines Those who use your national waters in Sansha Bay as a haven to facilitate their trade in permitted petroleum products To North Korea, the letter says.

The latter was signed by ambassadorsUN Australia, Canada, France, European Union, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, UK and USA.

The document states that satellite images showing it will also be sent These practices continue under China’s jurisdiction In 2022 and 2023.

We reiterate our earlier request to China to inspect vessels for evidence of illegal oil smuggling and D’discharge Its ships from its waters As fast as possible If they return to Sansha Bay.

North Korean President Kim Jong-un and Chinese President Xi Jinping during their meeting in Beijing (China) in March 2018. (file image)

Photo: Reuters/KCNA KCNA


North Korea has been subject to international sanctions since 2006, which were tripled in 2017.

Unanimous measures by the Security Council that year aimed at disrupting Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic weapons programs limited oil imports from North Korea.

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Since 2017, the Security Council has been unable to reach a unified position.

In May 2022, China and Russia vetoed a resolution imposing new sanctions on Pyongyang, and despite several missile launches by North Korea, including on Saturday, no council resolution or statement was adopted.

The United States continues to accuse Beijing and Moscow in particular of serving them Armor Encourage further firefights by deterring the North Korean regime and the Council from a coordinated response.

The international community, including China, needs to send a strong and united message that North Korea must refrain from provocation and abide by its obligations. Relating to Security Council Resolutions and Resolutions Towards Total, Verifiable and Irreversible Denuclearization of the Korean PeninsulaEmphasizing the letter sent to the Chinese ambassador.