November 8, 2018 / 11:50 PM / 11 days ago

U.S. Ambassador Haley: Russia wants to lift bank restrictions on North Korea

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks at a press briefing at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., July 20, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Thursday that Russia wants to lift banking restrictions on North Korea put in place to try to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear program, but the United States would not let that happen.

“What they’re looking for is to lift banking restrictions,” Haley said after a closed-door security council meeting on North Korea sanctions also attended by Russia’s envoy.

She added that Russia had not followed the restrictions appropriately. “So now we know what their agenda is, we know exactly why they’re trying to do it and we’re not going to let it happen.”

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Writing by Lisa Lambert and David Alexander; Editing by Sandra Maler

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