Russia Vows "Inevitable Response" Over "Illegal" North Korea Sanctions

Yesterday, the Trump administration slapped a new round of sanctions on Chinese and Russian entities accused of aiding the North Korean nuclear program. The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control said it would target 10 entities and six individuals who help already sanctioned people to aid North Korea's missile program, or who "deal in the North Korean energy trade." Predictably, the Russian and Chinese government's were less than pleased, with spokespeople for both governments claiming the sanctions are illegitimate because they were not approved by the United Nations.

A representative for the Russian government meanwhile promised that a "response" is in the works," according to Russia Today.

Just like China, which immediately slammed the Trump administration, demanding that the "mistake" be fixed asap, the Russian government is just as angry with this latest round of sanctions and, as they have done many times in the recent past, the Russians threatened retaliation. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov issued a statement expressing disappointment, and warning Washington that Russia was working on a response.

“Against such a depressing backdrop, the lip service from American representatives about the desire to stabilize bilateral relations is extremely unconvincing,” Ryabkov said. “We have always and will always support resolving our existing differences through dialogue. In recent years, Washington in theory should have learned that for us the language of sanctions is unacceptable, and the solutions to real problems are only hindered by such actions. So far, however, there doesn’t seem to be an understanding of such obvious truths.

While the exact nature of the "inevitable response" has yet to be decided, Ryabkov said he hopes “our American colleagues” will soon understand the “futility” of using sanctions to prod the Russian government, or Russian entities, into cooperation.

“Nevertheless, we do not lose our hope that the voice of reason will sooner or later prevail, and that our American colleagues will be aware of the futility and detrimental nature of further sliding down the spiral of sanctions. “In the meantime, we are beginning to work out the inevitable response to this situation.”

The companies targeted by the sanctions include Gefest-M, a Moscow-based firm accused of acquiring metals on behalf of a North Korean company, and Mingzheng International Trading, a Chinese and Hong Kong-based bank that allegedly conducted transactions on behalf of North Korea. Andrey Klimov, a senior Russian senator, criticized the sanctions against Gefest-M and the other Russian entities as illegitimate.

“These sanctions are illegal in themselves, because the only thing recognized by international law is the sanctions of the UN Security Council,” Klimov told Interfax. “We must react in principle to this insane and confrontational policy. The toolbox is rich, let’s hope that we will act consistently, reasonably, professionally and effectively.”

The Chinese government appeared to echo Klimov’s words as a spokesperson said Beijing “opposes unilateral sanctions out[side] of the UN Security Council framework.”

“We strongly urge the US to immediately correct its mistake, so as not to impact bilateral cooperation on relevant issues,” the spokesperson said, as quoted by the Financial Times.

As part of the latest sanctions, the US DOJ filed complaints demanding that two Asian companies forfeit over $11 million for allegedly laundering funds for North Korea. The charge alleges that the two companies violated the international sanctions against North Korea and indirectly supporting its missile and nuclear weapons programs.

"The United States filed two complaints today seeking imposition of a civil money laundering penalty and to civilly forfeit more than $11 million from companies that allegedly acted as financial facilitators for North Korea."

Proceedings have been launched against Velmur Management Pte Ltd., based in Singapore, as well as the Chinese company Dandong Chengtai Trading Co. Ltd. The Trump administration has aggressively pursued sanctions as a cudgel in its battle to curb North Korea’s nuclear program. As tensions between Kim Jong Un and the US continue to escalate, expect more to come.


Omen IV esum Wed, 08/23/2017 - 10:10 Permalink

He is not "demented" - he is doing what he is supposed to do - protect his people and property - only defensive solution is Nuclear Capacity: ask:  Hussein / Gaddaffi / Assad / Milosevic / Stalin / Ho Chi Minh / countless other parties in South & Central AmericaE.F. Stone - 1953 - Korea - Flase Flag by Sigmund Rhee / MacArthur - millions died -  US Gasoline Jellied BombsThere are zero families untouched by this experience in all of Korean Peninsula

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Gold_Spot Wed, 08/23/2017 - 07:55 Permalink

stop selling them the Titanium. The prices will immediately jump 30% then start selling to intermediates at 30%. From the procedes gift N K 10% for good will

TheLastTrump (not verified) Wed, 08/23/2017 - 07:59 Permalink

Fuck Russia.  Russia & China are coddling & enabling the worst concentration camp filled nation on the face of the earth. Oh, and they like Iran too...go read about how Iran handled their peaceful Green Revolution demonstrators in 2009.

Arrest Hillary TheLastTrump (not verified) Wed, 08/23/2017 - 08:20 Permalink

Sanctions hurt .... when your a backward third world resource whore .... like Venezuela ? Let's see your smart phones and Hyundai Elantras .... Russian Fiats suck .... my Hyundai uses two cams, port injection and a faux Atkinson effect (Atkinson invented a conpound crank engine in the 1880's where the intake streoke was shorter than the power stroke (to squeeze all the expansion out of the explosion) .... Hyundai achieves a better result at high rpm's using valve timing to keep the intake valve open longer) .... fuck third world Russia ?

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MEFOBILLS Arrest Hillary Wed, 08/23/2017 - 09:37 Permalink

Sanctions hurt .... when your a backward third world resource whore .... like Venezuela You are very wide of the mark.  The Sanctions are forcing a continental country - Russia- to evolve their economy toward Autarky.  Russia has enough natural resources, along with an intelligent population, to make all the things they need.  The Western Corportocracy/Banking Plutocrats have always eyed the huge Russian land mass with its resources, and desired to break Russia into small pieces.Autarky works for countries like Russia who have everything they need, it forces them to make things instead of selling their earth.  It was the selling of their earth which formed  Oligarchy during the Yeltsin years.  The (((Harvard))) boys convinced Russia to go into dollar denominated debts to then sell their earth on the world markets.  This then sold the Patrimony of Russia out from under Russia's feet to Western interests.  Yukos ended up with the country's oil, and our ((friends)) borrowed dollars from their cousins, to then buy up Russia using various rentier schemes.  At that point, Russians could not make "things" and hence could not convert their labor to prices.  Former Russian nuclear scientists were walking around drunk because they could not work anymore for a living.With regards to Venezuala, they are an oil resource rich country, and have been under full spectrum ecnomic attack.  The mechanism is similar to Russia, where the leaders are induced to go into dollar debts.   See Perkin's book, "Confessions of an economic hitman."Hyundai comes from a Country (South Korea) which is very ethnocentric and has an economic system with only a few vertically integrated companies.  These few large companies are tightly linked with government.  South Korea companies are not above stealing technology and maneuvering in criminal ways.  As a korean once told me, "this is our shame."  In other words, power corrupts when it is centralized into a few large companies in the same way that a single vertical government system corrupts.Lots of small Russian companies making things, using their own technology and earth, and selling goods to themselves, is healthy economy.  No way that Russia is going down - they are getting stronger every day.   

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Shemp 4 Victory TheLastTrump (not verified) Wed, 08/23/2017 - 08:21 Permalink

The pig interrupted voracious feeding at the US Media trough to vomit this swill:

Russia & China are coddling & enabling the worst concentration camp filled nation on the face of the earth.Oh, and they like Iran too...go read about how Iran handled their peaceful Green Revolution demonstrators in 2009.

Do not pause to wallow - return to the trough for more tasty garbage.

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smacker TheLastTrump (not verified) Wed, 08/23/2017 - 10:21 Permalink

Surely Saudi Arabia is the worst of all.

  • - beheading a woman in the middle of a road intersection
  • - beheading a 20yo guy and then crucifying him
  • - a public square used for beheadings with built-in drains for blood
  • - recent mass destruction/levelling of whole Shia towns/villages

The inhuman savagery of Saudi's "royal" family just goes on.

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c2nnib2l Wed, 08/23/2017 - 08:04 Permalink

if you think about it, North Korea done absolutely nothing to USA. Since when testing missiles within its own teritory is forbiden ? By what standard USA or actually any NATO country can conduct such tests and manufcature its own nuclear weapons and North Korea is forbiden from doing such things ?by what standard Kim is less sane than Trump or Obama was ? international law is still in place and the only country which is breaking that law is USA 

Money_for_Nothing silverer Wed, 08/23/2017 - 08:59 Permalink

My understanding is that North Korea as a staging point for armies and navies threatens China and Russia. Neither will allow a strong country there. The only reason China can't set up a puppet is Russia. It is doubtful that the two Korean states will be allowed to re-unite. A free trade demilitarized zone might be possible in North Korea. That might be the best outcome for everyone. China and Russia could make that happen.

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MEFOBILLS Money_for_Nothing Wed, 08/23/2017 - 09:48 Permalink

My understanding is that North Korea as a staging point for armies and navies threatens China and Russia. Neither will allow a strong country there. North Korea is a buffer state on China's border.  South Korea has U.S. Military present.  China does not want the U.S. right on its doorstep, hence their client state NK.  But, if NK goes too independent they are no longer a client.  Since NK depend on China for energy, then NK will remains a Chinese client.If U.S. really wanted to rattle China's chains, then it would HELP NK to develop nuclear power plants.  If U.S. wanted to rattle China, it would help NK become more independent, and not more isolated.  When U.S. does military exercises during NK harvest season, that just pisses off norks and drives them further into Chinese fold.

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not dead yet king leon Wed, 08/23/2017 - 19:23 Permalink

According to some US generals if the current NK did not exist one would be created. The US needs enemies and the way the US has treated NK since the war it's no surprise they are one. All those yearly war drills on their doorstep to poke a stick in their eye. NK gives the US an excuse to jusify all it's bases in Japan, Okinawa, and South Korea.

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