The United States has accused Russia of pressuring an independent panel of UN experts to alter a report on sanctions against North Korea.
The report includes alleged sanctions violations implicating Russian actors. US Ambassador Nikki Haley expressed disappointment in the panel monitoring sanctions against North Korea for caving to Russian pressure and making changes to what should have been an independent report.
Haley said the panel should release the original report, which cited a massive increase in illicit ship- to- ship transfers of petroleum products for North Korea in violation of UN sanctions.
She said, Russian interference sets an unacceptable precedent that damages the sanctity of the UN independent panel reporting process.
The dispute between Russia and the US as well as Western and other Security Council members has delayed the official release of the six- month report by the expert panel in this regard.