US imposed new sanctions against Russian companies

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On Wednesday, the Pentagon said the USA and allies are days away from launching a new effort to more publicly expose North Korean violations of sanctions aimed at curbing its nuclear and missile programs, two defense officials tell CNN.

Sister technology firms, Jilin-based China Silver Star and Vladivostok-based Volasys Silver Star, were Chinese and Russian in name only and acted as front companies for North Koreans, the US Treasury Department alleged in a press release on Thursday.

He warned the "IT industry, businesses, and individuals across the globe to take precautions to ensure that they are not unwittingly employing North Korean workers for technology projects by doing business with companies like the ones designated today". It comes as the USA is redoubling efforts to pressure North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program.

Also, the intention to abandon the North Korean nuclear program, Kim Jong-UN has declared during talks with US President Donald trump in Singapore.

The strictest regime of sanctions is now in effect against North Korea, providing for financial sanctions, the ban on supplies of rocket fuel and dual-purpose equipment and materials, and exports of coal, iron, lead and other products from the country.

Diplomats said Russian Federation pressured the independent sanctions monitors to amend the report.

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The U.S. said that the companies targeted are also linked to the organizations involved in North's weapons program.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, one diplomat said the amended report removed some references to Russians accused of breaching North Korea sanctions.

The Trump administration has sought to ramp up pressure on Kim to strike a deal to halt North Korea's nuclear program in part by penalizing Chinese and Russian firms that the increasingly isolated country depends on to keep its economy afloat. MsHaley called for the initial version of the report - dating from early August - to be published.

Meanwhile, South Korea's foreign ministry said that the latest USA sanctions appear to reflect Washington's belief that both sanctions and dialogue are important in achieving the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. "The full implementation of U.N. Security Council resolutions remains mandatory for all member states - including Russian Federation".

"The United States will continue to fully enforce and implement sanctions until we have achieved the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea", he added.

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