UN slaps global port ban on ships for North Korea sanctions violations

UN slaps global port ban on ships for North Korea sanctions violations

UN slaps global port ban on ships for North Korea sanctions violations

In what has been described as an unprecedented move, a ship registered in St.Kitts and Nevis is accused of violating North Korean sanctions and has been banned from all global ports. Both countries have previously vetoed tougher sanctions against the DPRK.

"This is the first time in United Nations history that four ships have been designated by the 1718 committee" after the latest sanctions resolution against North Korea was adopted on September 11, panel coordinator Hugh Griffiths told reporters.

According to a source, the listed ships were the Petrel 8, Hao Fan 6, Tong San 2 and Jie Shun.

Griffiths, a British arms trafficking expert, told reporters in New York Monday that these ships were found to be transporting prohibited goods and were officially listed last Thursday, an action authorized by the sanctions committee.

According to an unnamed source, the four ships were found carrying coal, seafood and iron ore.

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The new sanctions severely restrict the DPRK's oil imports, and ban its textile exports worth 800 million US dollars and the remittances from about 93,000 overseas DPRK laborers. According to estimates, North Korea exports about $ 3 billion annually, the sanctions may trim $ 1 billion from this trade. UNSC Resolution 2375 also banned all condensates and natural gas liquids and capped crude oil and refined petroleum products to the country, while barring authorization of new work permits for North Korean workers. According to the website MarineTraffic, the first three cargo ships, fight, respectively the flag of the Comoros, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and North Korea. The Jie Shun is not listed on the site. "But, of course, to be effective, sanctions must be applied by all the world", he argued.

The tightening of trade restrictions followed Pyongyang's sixth nuclear test and the firing of two missiles over Japan.

North Korea's United Nations envoy last week accused the U.S. of working to block economic development and denounced sanctions imposed on poor countries as a bid to "destroy modern civilization".

However, repeated sanctions have been unable to constrain North Korea from continuing its programs to develop nuclear weapons and missiles.

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