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Russia, China block US bid to slap N Korea sanctions

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and have blocked a US request to add a Russian to a UN sanctions blacklist along with a North Korean and two entities, diplomats said.

The last week asked a UN sanctions committee to slap an assets freeze on for allegedly helping evade UN-imposed restrictions on financial transactions.

The request also targeted Ri Jong Won, the of North Korea's and two North Korean front companies.

In a response to the council, yesterday raised doubts about the allegations, while told the council that it objected to the proposed sanctions designations put forward by the

"We would like to underline that designation requests submitted to the committee should be adequately substantiated by sufficient information," said the to the in a message to the council seen by AFP.

The request followed a decision to impose unilateral sanctions on the Russian bank, the North Korean and the two entities.

The two companies were named as the Dandong Zhongsheng Industry and and the

and have called on the to consider easing sanctions to reward for opening up dialogue with the US and halting missile tests.

But the US has called for maintaining "maximum pressure" from sanctions until has fully dismantled its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Earlier yesterday, the North Korean foreign ministry issued an angry statement, denouncing the for responding to its overtures by "inciting and pressure."

The council last year adopted three rafts of sanctions targeting North Korea's economy through export and import bans, as well as restrictions on

It was the second time in three weeks that Russia and China have objected to a US request to tighten sanctions on North Korea.

On July 19, the two countries put a six-month hold on a US request to halt all deliveries of products to North Korea.

The US had made the request to the sanctions committee after finding that North Korea had exceeded the cap on fuel imports though illegal ship-to-ship transfers at sea.

UN sanctions resolutions place a ceiling for North Korea of 500,000 barrels of products per year and four million barrels of crude.

A cut-off of and fuel would have to be enforced primarily by China, which supplies most of North Korea's energy needs, but also by Russia, which delivers some oil to

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 10:00 IST