U.S. welcomes U.N. report on N.K. sanctions

WASHINGTON, The United States on Tuesday welcomed the release of a United Nations report on the implementation of sanctions on North Korea.

In a statement, State Department deputy spokesperson Robert Palladino said the annual report provides "timely, relevant, and impartial analysis" to help governments act on the sanctions and exercise vigilance against their evasion.

"The United States takes allegations of U.N. sanctions violations seriously, and all Member States are expected to fully implement U.N. Security Council resolutions," Palladino said.

"International unity in implementing these sanctions continues to hamper the DPRK's ability to further its illegal weapons of mass destruction programs and sends the message that the DPRK will be economically and diplomatically isolated until it denuclearizes," he continued, using the acronym for North Korea's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The report said North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs "remain intact" despite the increased sanctions over the years.

It also accused the country of defying the sanctions through "a massive increase" in illegal ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products and coal.

Source: Yonhap news Agency

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