‘Sanction waves’ from Washington are ‘illegitimate & useless’ - Russian Foreign Ministry

Russia mulls response to U.S. sanctions over North Korea: Ifax

It also blacklisted Russia-based Profinet Pte. for violating United Nations sanctions by providing loading and refueling services to sanctioned North Korean-flagged ships at three eastern Russian Federation ports.

Despite having opened direct talks with Pyongyang, Washington continues to press for full compliance with existing worldwide sanctions against North Korea to keep pressure on Pyongyang to end its programs for nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

After the latest round of sanctions, China's official Xinhua news agency has said that Washington's "maximum pressure" approach on Pyongyang ignores the situation on the ground in the Korean Peninsula, implying that the U.S.is going for overkill.

"Treasury will continue to implement existing sanctions on North Korea and will take action to block and designate companies, ports and vessels that facilitate illicit shipments and provide revenue streams to North Korea", Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said.

Profinet's director general, Vasili Aleksandrovich Kolchanov, has also been indicted after being found guilty of interacting directly with North Korean reps in Russian Federation.

When asked for comment on the U.S. Treasury statement, Liang Ye, legal representative of Dalian Sun Moon Star International Logistics Trading, said that the matter was still unclear and that the Chinese company hadn't received any notice.


For the first time in 13 years, the United States may soon send teams into North Korea to looks for the remains of soldiers killed during the Korean War.

Russian Foreign Minister attends a news conference in Ankara, Turkey, August 14, 2018.

According to official data, "PROFINET" serves seagoing vessels at ports in the far East.

Sources told Radio Free Asia in November that there are about 20 joint ventures run by Chinese and North Korean tobacco firms that manufacture tobacco products for sale domestically and across the world through smuggling networks.

The Department of Treasury's press release did not say when the company had worked with the now-sanctioned oil tankers and whether they had transacted after the ships were added to the UN's blacklist.

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