The UN prohibits four North Korean ships from entering world ports

Ⓒ AFP/Archivos – GREG BAKER – | A list of ten ships had been proposed by the United States, but “only four were accepted” for the UN ban, a diplomatic source told AFP

The UN banned entry into world ports on Thursday of four North Korean vessels suspected of transporting or transporting goods banned by international laws against Pyongyang, without being able to take the same measure against six others because of China’s opposition.

A list of ten ships had been proposed by the United States, but “only four were accepted” for the ban, a diplomatic source told AFP.

However, “the procedure remains open” for the other six, he added.

Shortly before the UN decision, US President Donald Trump, who had recently praised China’s efforts to put pressure on Pyongyang, had strongly criticized Beijing’s attitude.

“Taken with the hands in the dough,” Trump wrote on the social network Twitter, and said “very disappointed to see how China allows oil to enter North Korea.” “There will never be a friendly solution to the problem with North Korea if this continues,” he added.

Donald Trump did not say whether he had evidence of an eventual violation by China of the international sanctions decided by the UN against North Korea.

Beijing is Pyongyang’s main trading partner.

– Transshipment at sea –

The four ships sanctioned this Thursday were the freighters “Ul Ji Bong 6”, “Rung Ra 2”, “Sam Jong 2” and “Rye Song Gang 1”, according to those sources.

No precision was given on the prohibited products transported by sanctioned vessels.

The list of ten ships previously raised by Washington also included oil tankers “Lighthouse Winmore”, with the flag of Hong Kong, “Billions No. 18” (Palau), the freighters “Xin Sheng Hai” (Belize) and “Kai Xiang” (Hong Kong), the vessels “Yu Yuan” (China) and “Glory Hope 1”, also identified as “Orient Shenyu”, of Panama.

In 2017, the Security Council unanimously imposed, with the support of China, three batteries of economic sanctions against North Korea: on August 5, it banned exports of coal, iron and fishing; on September 11, the textile companies and limited oil deliveries, and on December 22, he prohibited the sale of refined petroleum products.

These resolutions aim to punish North Korea for having conducted several tests of intercontinental and one nuclear ballistic missiles, and to pressure Pyongyang to resume negotiations on its weapons programs, considered a threat.

Weeks ago, the United States reported that North Korea continues to be procured on products banned by the UN through the transfer of cargoes between different ships on the high seas.

The interdiction of ports for suspicious ships, except for humanitarian exceptions decided in advance by a committee in charge of applying the sanctions, is foreseen in the resolution adopted on August 5 by the Security Council and was retaken in the following packages.

At the beginning of October, this committee had identified four vessels (originating from the Comoros Islands, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Cambodia and North Korea) that transported prohibited goods to North Korea.

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