Appreciates China for cooperation to contain Pyongyang
In another unexpected move, US President Donald Trump has accused Russia for helping North Korea in skirting international sanctions and appreciated China for its help in containing Pyongyang.
While speaking to Reuters in an exclusive interview on Wednesday, Trump said, “Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea. What China is helping us with, Russia is denting. In other words, Russia is making up for some of what China is doing.”
US President Donald Trump, who has been alleged for receiving Russian help during 2016 elections, rarely criticised Kremlin and advocated for improving relations with that country.
Trump’s rare criticism of Russia came as he appreciated China for largely complying with international sanctions passed in 2017 targeting North Korean shipping, coal, seafood and labour.
According to CNN, Trump’s comments appear to be in reference to the reports that Russian tankers have helped refuel North Korea with shipments at sea, and follows allegations from US officials that Russia has been lax in its implementation of UN Security Council sanctions. Russia didn’t respond to the accusations.
Meanwhile, US Senator Tammy Duckworth, on his return from South Korea and Japan, said on Wednesday that it was clear that the Russia and China continue to aid North Korea despite additional sanctions.
Illinois Democrat Senator said, “The Russians are definitely providing supplies to the North Koreans and so are the Chinese. It is very clear both the Russians and Chinese are violating the additional sanctions.”
In December last year, the US spearheaded the passage of a UN Security Council Resolution sanctioning toughest restrictions on North Korea banning exports of industrial equipment, machinery, transportation vehicles and industrial metals to the hermit nation.