Russia says secondary sanctions will disrupt humanitarian cooperation with North Korea


Russian deputy ambassador to the UN, Dmitry Polyansky, pointed out on the 7th (local time) that humanitarian aid is being disrupted due to ‘secondary sanctions’ against North Korea from Western countries.

According to Sputnik, deputy ambassador to the UN Security Council, deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Polyansky, said, “Secondary sanctions from major Western countries are creating a bad mood in Pyongyang. give birth,” he said.

‘Secondary sanctions’ refers to the imposition of additional sanctions on individuals or organizations that violate the sanctions resolution and conduct business with the sanctions target.

In addition to UN Security Council sanctions resolutions, these Western secondary sanctions “are a threatening obstacle” to humanitarian sanctions waiver activities, Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Polianski added.

He said that, because of these actions by the West, contracting parties have refused even contracts for humanitarian aid that have been approved by the UN Security Council.

Earlier, Russia and China proposed to the Security Council a draft resolution in October last year to ease sanctions on North Korea in order to provide an opportunity to resume negotiations on the North Korean nuclear program.

In the resolution, Russia urged economic sanctions to be eased so that it could provide North Korea with humanitarian aid, including COVID-19 quarantine supplies.

Last year’s resolution, similar to the one proposed by China and Russia in 2019, was not put to a vote due to opposition from Western members.

The Security Council meeting to discuss the impact of the sanctions on humanitarianism was presided over by Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations, Vasily Nevenja, who tested positive for COVID-19.

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