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Federation Ship Banned for Breaking North Korea Sanctions

12 October 2017
Federation Ship Banned for Breaking North Korea Sanctions

Diplomats from north korea have attended without taking the floor at the meeting of the united nations, the second of its kind organized on the application of the sanctions regime imposed on Pyongyang, according to diplomatic sources.

The Japan Times reported that United Nations diplomats confirmed that a North Korean envoy was present at the meeting but did not participate.

The UN said the four ships were the Jie Shun, the ship caught smuggling grenades; the Hao Fan 6, the Petrel 8 and and the Tong San 2.

The Security Council North Korea sanctions committee, which operates by consensus, agreed at the request of the United States, to blacklist the ships on October 3 for "transporting prohibited items from the DPRK" (North Korea), according to documents seen by Reuters on Tuesday. "These four vessels are prohibited all the ports (...) to have transported goods that are prohibited", he added, refusing to specify.

The website listed the destination of the vessels as follows: the Petrel 8 was sailing from Yantai, in China's northeastern Shandong Province to Donghae, South Korea; Hao Fan 6 from Vladivostok Russia to Abashiri, Japan; Tong San 2 sailing from Bayuquan port in China's Liaoning province to Daesan, South Korea; while the Jie Shun's destination was unknown.

Further enforcement measures are said to be under consideration to restrict North Korea's ability to evade sanctions.

The vessels are the first to be designated under stepped-up sanctions imposed on North Korea by the 15-member council in August and September over Pyongyang's sixth and largest nuclear test and two long-range ballistic missile launches.

North Korea is already banned from exporting coal, along with lead, iron and seafood products. According to estimates, North Korea exports about $ 3 billion annually, the sanctions may trim $ 1 billion from this trade.

These latest sanctions ban North Korea from importing all natural gas liquids and condensates, and cap its crude oil imports. Both countries have previously vetoed tougher sanctions against the DPRK.