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Nikki Haley Accuses Russia of Violating North Korean Sanctions

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Friday accused Russia of violating international sanctions by continuing to issue permits for North Korean citizens to work in Russia.

Haley cited “credible reports” of Russia violating U.N. Security Council resolutions on North Korean laborers as the latest evidence of Moscow easing up on sanctions imposed last year in an effort to rein in Pyongyang’s nuclear program.

Russia denied the Journal report asserting that the work permits were issued before the sanctions to North Koreans already in the country.

Alexander Matsegora, Russia’s ambassador to North Korea, said the laborers were allowed to work in Russia until November 29, 2019, as their work contracts had been signed before sanctions came into force, Interfax reported.

He said 3,500 new work permits had been issued to workers who had signed contracts in Russia before November 29, 2017.

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