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Ships that transport goods north Korean banned from ports by the UN

Ships that transport goods north Korean banned from ports by the UN Ships that transport goods north Korean banned from ports by the UN
Melinda Barton | 10 October, 2017, 22:32

The EU Council has agreed to go along with the latest sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council on Pyongyang on September 11, 2017, through UNSC Resolution 2375 which bans the sale of natural gas to North Korea and the import of North Korean textiles, Efe news reported.

The UN Security Council has banned all nations from allowing four ships that transported prohibited goods to and from North Korea to enter any port.

The European Union (EU) on Tuesday further tightened its sanctions against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), in line with a UN Security Council resolution adopted last month in response to the country's nuclear and ballistic missile program. Sources say the ships were found carrying coal, seafood and iron ore, exports banned by a United Nations resolution brought by the U.S. in August.

North Korea's main economic partner China has signed up to the measures, as has Russian Federation. The Tong San 2, built in 1996, was the only one of the four vessels flagged to North Korea, and was last tracked in the Yellow Sea.

"It's a pretty swift and decisive action by the committee", he said of the ban which came into effect on October 5.

Griffiths also asked all nations 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.

Griffiths was speaking at the conclusion of the second United Nations meeting on enforcing North Korea sanctions.

North Korean diplomats were present at the meeting but did not speak, according to diplomats. According to the website MarineTraffic, the first three cargo ships, fight, respectively the flag of the Comoros, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and North Korea.

It will also impose a cap on the sale of refined petroleum products and crude oil to the DPRK. "Just a means. But of course, to be effective, sanctions must be applied by everybody".

But the United States has not ruled out the use of force to compel Pyongyang to halt its missile and nuclear tests, and President Donald Trump has threatened to destroy the country.