The Trump administration warned Tuesday that the U.S. will punish companies in China and Russia that don’t comply with restrictions in the new international sanctions on North Korea.
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration warned Tuesday that the U.S. will punish companies in China and Russia that don’t comply with restrictions in the new international sanctions on North Korea.
State Department and Treasury Department officials testified to the House Foreign Affairs Committee about the U.S. pressure campaign against North Korea’s rapid progress toward a nuclear weapon that could strike America.
The hearing came a day after the U.N. Security Council imposed its latest sanctions over what North Korea says was a hydrogen bomb test Sept. 3, its most powerful atomic test yet. The council banned North Korean textile exports, an important source of hard currency, and capped its imports of crude oil.
Treasury Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billingslea credited China and Russia’s support of the U.N. resolution but said both countries “must do much more” to implement and enforce the sanctions, in the face of Pyongyang’s ability to evade restrictions that have been progressively tightened for a decade.
“Because of uneven, and sometimes nonexistent, international implementation, North Korea shrugs off the practical impact of many restrictions, and is still exporting prohibited goods such as weapons, minerals, and statues,” Billingslea said.
He showed to the hearing satellite images provided by U.S. intelligence of ships purported to travel between Russia and China…
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