Federation Ship Banned for Breaking North Korea Sanctions

N. Korea preparing advanced ICBM launch: Russian lawmaker

N. Korea preparing advanced ICBM launch: Russian lawmaker

The U.N. Security Council has banned all nations from allowing four ships that transported prohibited goods to and from North Korea to enter any port in their country. "But it's a port ban", Hugh Griffiths, coordinator of a UN Security Council panel on North Korea sanctions, said Monday.

Last month, the 15-member council further adopted a resolution on September 11, extending bans to include North Korea's textile exports. The Cambodia-flagged bulk freighter Jie Shun was spotted on October 3 in the Bohai Sea.

The new sanctions severely restrict the DPRK's oil imports, and ban its textile exports worth 800 million USA dollars and the remittances from about 93,000 overseas DPRK laborers.

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

The North reacted furiously when the United Nations approved the new measures, saying its response would make the United States suffer "the greatest pain it has ever experienced in its history".

Griffiths also asked all countries to pay "special attention" to North Korea's Mansudae Overseas Project Group of Companies, also known as the Mansudae Art Studio, which is on the sanctions blacklist and subject to an asset freeze and travel ban. Estimates say that North Korea exports about $3bn worth of goods each year - and the sanctions could eliminate $1bn of that trade.

Of the four ships, Tong San 2 is the only one flagged to North Korea, according to Vessel Finder, a tracking system that provides information on ships' locations. The Jie Shun is not listed on the site.

The UN Security Council, led by the United States, recently impose multiple sanctions on Pyongyang for missile testing carried out in direct defiance of cease and desist directives from the body.

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".

However, repeated sanctions have so far failed to deter North Korea from continuing with its nuclear and missile development programmes. "Just a means. But of course, to be effective, sanctions must be applied by everybody", he added.

According to the sanctions listing, Mansudae exports North Korean workers to other countries "for construction-related activities including for statues and monuments to generate revenue for the government of the DPRK or the (ruling) Workers' Party of Korea".

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