Mike Pompeo accuses Russia of actively working to undermine North Korea sanctions

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Russia on Friday (Sept 14) of actively working to undermine international sanctions on North Korea and said the enforcement of the steps was essential to convince Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

“Russia has actively attempted to undermine the UN Security Council resolutions, the work of the… committee at the UN that evaluates compliance with sanctions,” Pompeo told a news briefing at the State Department.

Pompeo spoke after US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused Moscow on Thursday of seeking to cover up breaches of UN sanctions on North Korea by Russians by pushing for changes to an independent report on sanctions violations.