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Pompeo warns Russia against violating North Korea sanctions

Mike Pompeo.
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned countries — specifically Russia — of violating international sanctions against North Korea, saying offenses would be taken "very seriously" by the U.S.

The big picture: North Korea hasn't yet denuclearized, which was the primary goal of Kim Jong-un and President Trump's June summit. Speaking at the 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting, Pompeo said he is "optimistic" that North Korea will ultimately denuclearize, but other countries, like Russia and China, violating sanctions against them, could lift the pressure pushing North Korea to rid its nuclear arsenal.

Russia, China block U.S. rebuke over United Nations North Korea oil sanction

United Nations Security Council: Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images
United Nations Security Council: Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Russia and China on Thursday blocked the U.S. from getting the United Nations to publicly point fingers at North Korea for smuggling more petroleum products beyond the limit imposed by UN sanctions, reports the AP.

The details: The policy was imposed by the UN's 15-member Security Council in response to North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests. The U.S. requested last week that the Security Council publicly rebuke North Korea for violating the quota and had until today to object. Just moments before the noon deadline per the AP, diplomats said Russia and China put "a hold" on the motion citing a need to investigate the U.S.' allegations, automatically delaying any action on the U.S. request for six months.