UNSC denies international port access to four North Korean ships

UN Security Council has denied international port access to four North Korean ships suspected of carrying transported goods banned under international sanctions targeting Pyongyang.

Diplomats said, the ban of the four vessels was requested by the United States along with measures targeting ships registered in other countries. But China agreed only to target the four North Korean ships, diplomats said, as part of international efforts to curb Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear programmes. One diplomat said, the procedure remains open to include other vessels in the future.

The list submitted by the US in December had also included ships flying flags from Belize, China, Hong Kong, Palau and Panama. In 2017, the Security Council has slapped three sets of sanctions on North Korea. Blocking suspected vessels from ports except in the case of humanitarian need, is provided for in the August resolution.

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