China and Russia delay US bid to halt refined petroleum exports to North Korea following accusations of sanction-breaking

China and Russia on Thursday delayed a US bid to have the UN Security Council committee order a halt to refined petroleum exports to North Korea, asking for more detail on a US accusation that Pyongyang breached sanctions, diplomats said.
The United States last week complained to the 15-member Security Council North Korea sanctions committee that as of May 30, there had been 89 illicit ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum products this year by Pyongyang.
It asked the committee to notify…