The United States has imposed sanctions on two North Korean-controlled information technology companies based in China and Russian Federation, accusing them of moving illicit funds to North Korea.
"Also sanctioned, .is the firm's CEO, Jong Song-hwa and its Russia-based front company, Volasys Silver Star. Period", Haley said in a statement.
Defense officials say North Korea is regularly employing "deceptive tactics to evade United Nations sanctions" with ship-to-ship transfers, and while the U.S. and allies have been working quietly to thwart that smuggling, the effort will now become more public in an effort to "name and shame" Pyongyang and its enablers.
The Treasury announcement said that North Korea sells a range of IT services and products overseas, including website and app development, security software, and biometric identification software that have military and law enforcement applications.
"This is a unsafe precedent and a stain on the important work of the panel", Haley said, calling for the initial version of the report - dating from early August - to be published.
At the end of August, Russia blocked publication of the report because it disagreed with the findings.
Russian Federation at the end of August had blocked publication of the report on the implementation of sanctions against North Korea because it disagreed with findings that Pyongyang had exceeded a 2018 import cap for oil set by the sanctions imposed a year ago, a diplomatic source said last month.
"Treasury is once again warning the IT industry, businesses, and individuals across the globe to take precautions to ensure that they are not unwittingly employing North Korean workers for technology projects by doing business with companies like the ones designated today", Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was quoted as saying in the press release. It comes as the United States is redoubling efforts to pressure North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program.
Russian Federation argued the report filed to take into consideration Moscow's own analysis of the sanctions and that it had relied too heavily on intelligence from the US.