United Nations sanctions committee bans 4 ships from entering ports

Pauline Gross
October 11, 2017

Hugh Griffiths, the coordinator of a UN Security Council panel on North Korea sanctions, announced the port bans during a briefing to UN member states on Monday in a session also attended by a North Korean diplomat.

In August, a United Nations resolution banned exports of coal, seafood and iron ore from North Korea.

In addition to informing member states about the four new designations, Griffiths also pointed to concerns about sanctions evasions that seem to be continuing, particularly with regard to the export of coal.

The Hao Fan 6 was shown to be flagged to St. Kitts and Nevis, tracked in the East Sea and listed as being en route from Vladivostok, Russia, to Abashiri, Japan.

"It's a pretty swift and decisive action by the committee", he said of the ban which came into effect on October 5. Last month the sanctions expanded, are now forbidden the export of textiles and restrictions on the import of oil and work for the people of North Korea.

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Under the chairmanship of Italy, which now heads the 1718 committee, two open meetings have been held this year so far to keep member states apprised of the latest sanctions resolutions. It also described Petrel 8 as flying under the flag of Comoros, while Jie Shun is under Cambodia and Hao Fan 6 under Saint Christopher and Nevis. Those goods are estimated to be worth over $1 billion _ about one-third of the country's estimated $3 billion in exports in 2016.

Inigo Lambertini, Italy's deputy representative to the United Nations said, "It is crucial that resolutions are fully enforced", adding that "sanctions are not the final objective". 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. "Just a means. But of course, to be effective, sanctions must be applied by everybody", he added.

The main economic partner of North Korea, China signed the sanctions along with Russian Federation.

Pyongyang on September 3 detonated a hydrogen bomb capable of being carried by an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the sixth nuclear test it has undertaken, running counter to relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the goal of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

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