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US sanctions Russian ships for North Korea trade amid tensions

The US has sanctioned the owners of six Russian tanker ships on claims that they are helping transfer petroleum products to North Korean vessels in violation of international prohibitions.

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The US sanctioned owners of six Russian ships over claims they are helping transfer refined petroleum products to North Korean vessels in violation of international prohibitions, as tensions with both Moscow and Pyongyang intensify.

Two Vladivostok-based shipping companies violated US and United Nations sanctions on North Korea, the Treasury Department said Tuesday in announcing the penalties on its website. The US is aiming to keep pressure on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to denuclearize.

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