September 14, 2018 12:45
The U.S., with the help of South Korea and other allies, is preparing to "name and shame" Pyongyang by more publicly exposing the regime's violations of international sanctions, CNN reported on Wednesday.
Until recently, the U.S. has only exposed sanctions violations by the North when announcing a new round of sanctions, in consideration of denuclearization negotiations.
North Korea regularly employs "deceptive tactics to evade UN sanctions," CNN quoted U.S. defense officials as saying. "The U.S. and its allies are days away from launching a new effort to more publicly expose North Korean violations of sanctions."
"The plan to 'name and shame' Pyongyang comes as negotiations over North Korea's nuclear program appear to have reached a standstill and U.S. President Donald Trump raises the possibility of a second summit with leader Kim Jong-un," CNN said.
"The new effort will make more public U.S. and allied military efforts to enforce UN sanctions against North Korea, particularly the monitoring of ships performing illicit transfers of refined petroleum to North Korean oil tankers in the East China Sea," it reported.
It could also reveal illicit exports of North Korean coals and agricultural and fishery products by deceiving the country of origin to look as if they came from third countries like China and Russia.
"The U.S. has deployed aircraft and surface vessels to detect and disrupt these activities, but has not been very public about its actions until now, partly to avoid irritating Pyongyang in the midst of negotiations over its nuclear program," CNN reported.
"U.S. allies Japan, Australia and New Zealand are expected to make announcements about their own monitoring and surveillance efforts, also part of the effort to disrupt illicit North Korean smuggling. Canada, France, South Korea and the United Kingdom are also involved in coordinating these efforts," the cable news network said.
Asked whether those efforts included military activity, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, "I generally don't talk about upcoming operations, as you know. But we have seen from Japan and Canada, from New Zealand and Australia, they’re -- there's a lot of nations contributing to this."
Meanwhile, White House National Security Adviser John Bolton and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats cited North Korea as a possible country that could intervene in U.S. elections.
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