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United Nations bans 4 ships from global ports for violating N Korea sanctions

United Nations bans 4 ships from global ports for violating N Korea sanctions

"But it's a port ban", said Hugh Griffiths, a U.N. Security Council coordinator, adding the ships were found "transporting prohibited goods". The ships were found "transporting prohibited goods", AFP quoted Griffiths as saying. "It's a pretty swift and decisive action by the committee", he said, describing the move as "unprecedented".

In August, the United Nations adopted a resolution prohibiting North Korea from exporting coal, seafood and iron ore. Both countries have previously vetoed tougher sanctions against the DPRK.

European Union members also want to blacklist more North Korean individuals and entities, a move that would freeze their assets in the bloc and ban them from entering its territory. The ban went 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.

The 28-member bloc adopted United Nations restrictions imposed by the Security Council last month to punish Pyongyang for its sixth and largest nuclear test into its own sanctions programme. In addition to lead, those goods are estimated to total more than $1 billion - about one-third of the country's estimated US$3 billion in exports in 2016. Prohibitions on authorizing new permits to North Korean workers to work overseas are also in place.

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This resolution also authorizes the 1718 Committee, or the so-called sanctions committee named after the first UNSC resolution on Pyongyang in 2006, to prohibit port calls by designated vessels and chartering of North Korea-flagged vessels.

"Sanctions are not a goal in itself", they aim to bring North Korea to a negotiating table to talk about its weapons programmes that are deemed threatening to the world stability, stressed the diplomat at the end of the meeting. "Just a means. But of course, to be effective, sanctions must be applied by everybody", he added. The latest set of sanctions were in response to Pyongyang's sixth nuclear test - the largest yet - and the firing of two missiles over Japan.

Ambassador Ja Song Nam said North Korea will withstand the blow of sanctions and continue "along the road of building the socialist power by dint of the spirit of self-reliance and self-development".


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