United States imposes sanctions on Russian, Chinese tech firms over N Korea

US Announces New North Korea Sanctions

US Announces New North Korea Sanctions

The companies and their executives are accused of violating sanctions banning the exportation of North Korean workers and operating information technology services in North Korea.

The Trump administration blacklisted two North Korean-controlled information technology companies based in China and Russian Federation on Thursday as it pushed for progress by Kim Jong Un's government on denuclearization.

Mnuchin warned companies across the globe "to take precautions to ensure that they are not unwittingly employing North Korean workers for technology projects".

More sanctions slapped on entities that allegedly had a hand in helped North Korea develop nuclear weapons.

"The regime's state-run Korean Central News Agency on Thursday put up commentary by a researcher at its foreign ministry who said that the hacker the US sanctioned does not exist, and that North Korea had nothing to do with the crime".

Amid such reporting, President Trump has suggested repeatedly, in interviews and via twitter, that China has been relaxing its enforcement of sanctions enacted before his summit with Kim.

A draft United Nations experts' report, which was seen by Kyodo News in early August, pointed out that North Korea has continued with its nuclear programs in breach of United Nations bans.

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The move comes a week after US federal prosecutors charged a North Korean computer programmer over major cyber crimes including the 2014 cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Haley and other diplomats claim that Russian Federation pressured the independent monitors to amend the report.

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said in late August that he put a hold on the report's release "because we disagree with certain elements" that he refused to disclose.

"This is a unsafe precedent and a stain on the important work of the panel", Haley said.

The U.N. Security Council will meet on Monday over the implementation of sanctions on North Korea at the request of Washington, the US mission to the United Nations said.

The amended report removed some references to Russians accused of breaching sanctions on North Korea, said one diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity. "The full implementation of U.N. Security Council resolutions remains mandatory for all member states - including Russian Federation".

September 6, the US Treasury imposed sanctions against North Korean companies and citizens of the DPRK for conducting cyber attacks.

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