Tensions between North Korea and the rest of the world have risen.
Moscow has held up an independent report confirming that North Korea is routinely violating the conditions of UN sanctions. The UK ambassador to the UN questioned why Russia would block an independent study.
Washington is angry at widespread non-compliance with sanctions on Pyongyang and has called an urgent UN Security Council meeting. A new report suggests North Korea is smuggling coal at sea and flouting an arms embargo.
Pyongyang has accused US diplomats of undermining President Trump and "making desperate attempts" to intensify sanctions against the North. Both sides agreed to seek "denuclearization" at a historic summit in June.
North Korea has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs, violating sanctions, a confidential UN report details. It also alleges Pyongyang enlisted a Syrian arms broker to sell weapons to Yemen, Libya and Sudan.
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