Sergei Lavrov to visit North Korea on Thursday on the invitation of
North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong-ho, and his visit comes amid preparations for a high-stakes summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, a covenant between three giants to denuclearization agreement will have to be accompanied by a multilateral guarantee of non-aggression.
China and Russia have objected to a US call for an order by a UN Security Council committee to halt exports of refined petroleum products to North Korea.
The United States last week submitted a document to the North Korea sanctions committee reporting that the North has breached the UN-imposed cap on refined petroleum imports for this year through ship-to-ship transfers.
Washington asked the committee to notify all UN members to halt such exports. The committee was to issue the notice if no objections were raised within a week.
But UN diplomatic sources say China and Russia raised an objection on Thursday, demanding further information about the US accusations.
Last month, the US did not agree to a draft UN Security Council statement to the media submitted by China and Russia that called for easing sanctions against the North.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and Japanese UN Ambassador Koro Bessho are expected to ask UN Security Council members to implement sanctions against the North at a meeting in New York on Friday.
Separately on Thursday, US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan met with China’s UN envoy Cui Tiankai in Washington.
US State Department officials say Sullivan confirmed that the US remains committed to the complete denuclearization of North Korea and that he asked Beijing to continue implementing sanctions against the North