The showdown between the United States and Russian Federation over North Korea publicly showed cracks in the unity of the 15-member U.N. Security Council, which has unanimously boosted sanctions since 2006 in a bid to choke off funding for Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
Last week U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo singled out Russian Federation as "actively" attempting to undermine the United Nations sanctions.
But Haley said the United States has evidence that Russian Federation has been evading the measures by helping with ship-to-ship transfers of oil, coal and other goods.
Haley added that Washington has evidence of these alleged violations, which include helping the North get banned fuel and refusing to expel a blacklisted North Korean. "There have been many places, in which Russians have been useful", Pompeo told journalists after his meeting with the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in NY, when asked about Russia's role in North Korea's denuclearization.
Rosemary DiCarlo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, disclosed this at the Security Council meeting on Non-proliferation and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea.
"We must not soften the sanctions regime at the global level", on the contrary, said Nikki Haley. "And now they've been caught".
"Russia must cease its violations of North Korea sanctions".
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley addresses the United Nations Security Council, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at U.N. headquarters.
Haley reiterated her claims that Russian Federation pressured the U.N.'s independent panel to change its report because it included sanctions violations that implicated Russian Federation.
Moscow's representative at the United Nations also said that it had not redacted a specific section on a Russian company breaking sanctions, but had instead made that part of the report confidential, meaning it will only be available to governments and not the general public.
"These actions are meant to stop the flow of illicit revenue to North Korea from overseas information technology workers disguising their true identities and hiding behind front companies, aliases, and third-party nationals", Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.
But Haley also noted that Trump-Kim summit "set us on the path toward complete denuclearization" but that "we are not there yet", urging the council not to "ease the powerful worldwide sanctions".
Noting the progress that has been made toward building trust and reducing military tensions, including the halt to nuclear and missile tests by the North, she said that "a foundation has been established to make tangible progress on the core issues" through the inter-Korean and North-U.S. summits.
Although the USA did not single out any country, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday claimed that Russian Federation has allegedly attempted to undermine a United Nations committee that evaluates compliance with the sanctions.
Chinese Ambassador Mao Zhaoxu said "confrontation is a dead-end" and diplomacy must be "actively" promoted to bring an end to the standoff on the Korean peninsula.