Pulse.com.gh logo
Go


In Russia Government says UN should consider sanctions relief for N. Korea

The UN Security Council should consider steps toward lifting sanctions on North Korea following its agreement with the United States to scrap its nuclear program, Russia's UN ambassador said Wednesday.

  • Published:
Asked about lifting sanctions on North Korea, Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia (pictured) told reporters: "I think that it is only natural that we should be thinking about steps in that direction" play

Asked about lifting sanctions on North Korea, Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia (pictured) told reporters: "I think that it is only natural that we should be thinking about steps in that direction"

(GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File)

The UN Security Council should consider steps toward lifting sanctions on North Korea following its agreement with the United States to scrap its nuclear program, Russia's UN ambassador said Wednesday.

The council last year adopted three rounds of tough economic sanctions on North Korea, banning most of its exports of raw commodities and severely restricting oil supplies.

Asked about lifting sanctions, Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told reporters: "I think that it is only natural that we should be thinking about steps in that direction."

"There is progress on the track that should be reciprocal. There should be a two-way street," he said. "Of course the other side should see encouragement to go forward."

At the first-ever meeting between sitting leaders of the US and North Korea on Tuesday in Singapore, President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un pledged in a joint statement to work toward the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."

The United States along with Japan and European countries maintain that the raft of tough sanctions must remain in place until North Korea has fully dismantled its weapons programs.

Russia and China argue that there should be a gradual approach, offering some sanctions relief in exchange for concrete action from Pyongyang along the path toward denuclearization.

The council is expected to meet to discuss the results of the Singapore summit, but Nebenzia, who holds the council presidency this month, said nothing had been scheduled yet.

"It would be interesting to hear from those who were directly involved their assessment of the results," said the Russian ambassador.

Many diplomats credit the UN move to ramp up sanctions as a decisive factor in pressuring Kim to agree to negotiate an end to North Korea's military program.

Kim came to understand that "having a nuclear bomb is not compatible with having an economy," said a Security Council diplomat.

Dutch Ambassador Karel van Oosterom, who heads the council's sanctions committee on North Korea said the punitive measures were still being applied in full force.

"We will continue to keep up the pressure with the full implementation of the sanctions," he said.

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Ghana?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +233507713497, Social Media @pulseghana: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.com.gh.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos




Top Articles

1 Ghana Airport Review Ghana Airport Review: Which is the best airport in...bullet
2 Weird facts about Ghana These are the top 10 weird facts about Ghana...bullet
3 Giuseppe Conte Italy PM declares state of emergency after bridge...bullet
4 In Italy Motorway operator with global ambitions under scrutinybullet
5 Genoa Bridge Mother out shopping hit by huge concrete chunkbullet
6 In Gaza Fisherman battles poverty with plastic bottle boatbullet
7 United Nations 17,000 displaced by conflict in western Nigerbullet
8 In Chile Venezuela's Gustavo Dudamel to lead youth...bullet
9 Vladimir Putin Russian President to be guest at Austrian...bullet
10 In Libya Government condemns 45 to death for 2011 demo...bullet

Top Videos

1 Sex Robot Meet Solana, a sex robot with removable face and changeable moodbullet

World