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“Sanctions against North Korea are divorced from reality”

On Thursday at the UN Security Council, Russia blocked the extension of the mandate of experts monitoring compliance with sanctions imposed on North Korea for its nuclear program. 13 members of the Security Council voted to extend the mandate, Russia vetoed, China abstained. The mandate of the expert group expires on April 30. informs “Voice of America”.

Russia argues that the sanctions regime against North Korea needs to be reviewed and that the actions of NATO countries around the Korean Peninsula are destabilizing the situation in the region.

A number of Security Council members, including the United States and Great Britain, noted that the Russian veto is associated with attempts to circumvent Security Council sanctions and continue to buy weapons from the DPRK, which are then used in Ukraine.

Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said that the sanctions regime approved by Security Council resolutions “not only loses its relevance” but is “divorced from reality.” According to him, the policy of Western countries led by the United States to strangle Pyongyang includes harsh and unilateral restrictions, aggressive propaganda and “direct personal threats against the DPRK authorities.”

The termination of the work of the group of experts does not mean the lifting of sanctions against the DPRK, according to the Voice of America publication. The group of experts will no longer submit regular reports to the Security Council on the implementation – or non-compliance – of sanctions by UN members and on Pyongyang’s attempts to circumvent these sanctions.

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