The United Nations security council sanctions committee has on Thursday approved the travel of a team of North Korean delegation to Vietnam for a summit between the United States President Donald Trump and his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-Un newt week over denuclearization of North Peninsula.
According to Reuters news reports, a bench of 15-member security council has unanimously boosted up sanctions over North Korean in a bid to bar funding for Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs since 2006, further imposing ban on exports including seafoods, coal, textiles, lead, and iron, and capping imports of crude oil.
Under the UN sanction, about 12 North Koreans were subjected to a global travel ban and asset freeze. The approval has allowed the participation of the North Korean delegation team in February 27-28 summit in Vietnam.
Earlier this month, a confidential report to the security council by the UN sanctions monitors found that N Korean nuclear and ballistic missile programs still remain intact and the nation is still working on to ensure those capabilities can’t be destroyed by any foreign military strikes.
Russia has also blamed U.N. sanctions for creating “serious humanitarian problems” in North Korea.
“We need to encourage humanitarian supplies to North Korea. We think that it is appropriate to encourage them economically and that might necessitate lifting, at least partially, some of the sanctions,” Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told reporters on Wednesday.
He said Moscow hoped the Vietnam summit would end with a positive result but added: “You cannot expect to solve it at a two-day meeting, this is a long road.”