September 5, 2018 / 9:15 AM / a year ago

Russia resumes coal supplies via North Korea -Ifax citing official

MOSCOW, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Russia has resumed coal supplies through the North Korean port of Rajin, Interfax news agency reported on Wednesday, citing a Russian official in the Far East.

Rajin has in the past been a transit point for Russian coal exports to South Korea. Andrey Tarasenko, the acting head of the Primorsky region, said the move did not violate Western sanctions against Pyongyang, Interfax reported.

The United States has been pressuring North Korea via sanctions to give up its nuclear weapons programme and in August penalised two Russian shipping companies and six vessels it said were involved in the transfer of refined petroleum products to North Korean vessels in violation of United Nations’ restrictions.. (Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh Writing by Andrey Kuzmin; editing by John Stonestreet)

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