PressTV-Russia, China block US bid for North Korea sanctions

Russia and China have blocked a US request to add a Russian bank to a UN sanctions blacklist along with a North Korean official.

The US Treasury last week asked a UN sanctions committee to impose an assets freeze on Agrosoyuz Commercial Bank for allegedly helping North Korea evade restrictions on financial transactions. It also targeted the deputy representative of North Korea’s Foreign Trade Bank and two North Korean entities.

Russia rejected the allegations against Russia’s Agrosoyuz Commercial Bank, saying there was not “sufficient information”.

“We would like to underline that designation requests submitted to the committee should be adequately substantiated by sufficient information,” said the Russian mission to the United Nations.

It was the second time in three weeks that Russia and China have objected to the US request to tighten sanctions on North Korea.

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