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United Nations blacklists dozens of ships, businesses over North Korea smuggling

03 April 2018

Ambassador Nikki Haley says the council's North Korea Sanctions Committee has unanimously approved sanctions designations on 21 shipping companies, one individual and 27 ships.

The list is part of Washington's request last month for sanctioning 33 ships, 27 shipping companies and one Taiwanese businessman.

The move is part of a global crackdown on the smuggling of North Korean commodities in violation of United Nations sanctions resolutions, which were adopted in response to Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

The worldwide community has applied pressure on North Korea by imposing sanctions against it in a bid to force Pyongyang to give up its ambitions of developing nuclear weapons.

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12 ships that do not belong to North Korea, it is forbidden to enter the ports and they must be removed from the register, additionally, the assets remaining 15 North Korean ships would be frozen, and 13 of them are also forbidden to enter the ports.

After the US sanctions in February were imposed, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said his government would continue its efforts in probing into possible assistance other Taiwanese individuals and entities may have provided to North Korea and some North Koreans.

The Security Council of the United Nations has imposed sanctions against North Korea, which involved a Taiwanese national who has been accused of helping Pyongyang evade global trading bans.

The 21 shipping and trading firms are also subject to a freeze of assets.

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Twelve North Korean firms were blacklisted for running ships involved in illegal transfers of oil and fuel, according to the document. Two other North Korean ships were slapped with a global assets freeze.

The companies blacklisted included 12 based in North Korea, three in Hong Kong and two on the Chinese mainland.

The measures severely restrict deliveries of oil and refined petroleum products to North Korea, but sanctions monitors have reported that Pyongyang has used vessels to dodge those restrictions.

North Korea earned US$200 million in revenue previous year from exports of coal, iron, steel and other banned commodities, according to a recent report.

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This past week, Kim made his first foreign trip since taking power six years ago, meeting the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, in Beijing.

United Nations blacklists dozens of ships, businesses over North Korea smuggling