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Russia, China object to U.S. proposal to blacklist Russian bank at U.N.

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Russia and China on Thursday objected to a U.S. proposal to add a Russian bank, Moscow-based North Korean banker and two other entities to a U.N. Security Council blacklist, diplomats said, Euronews reports.

The list of proposed designations mirrors new sanctions announced by the U.S. Treasury last week. [nL1N1UU0VN]

The United States made the proposal to the 15-member U.N. Security Council North Korea sanctions committee, which operates by consensus.

Russia objected to the designations because it said the U.S. proposal was not "adequately substantiated by sufficient information," diplomats said. China gave no reason for its objections.

Russia and China have suggested the Security Council discuss easing sanctions after U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met for the first time in June and Kim pledged to work toward denuclearization.

The United States and other council members have said there must be strict enforcement of sanctions until Pyongyang acts.

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