Global port ban slapped on ships violating N. Korea sanctions

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He was referring to the committee by its official name after resolution 1718 - the first sanctions measure that was imposed on North Korea following its first underground nuclear test in 2006. Only the Tong San 2 is actually registered in North Korea.

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.

"This is the first time in United Nations history that four ships have been designated by the 1718 committee" after the latest sanctions resolution against North Korea was adopted on September 11, panel coordinator Hugh Griffiths told reporters.

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. Sanctions were expanded last month to include the export of textiles and North Korean guest workers, as well as a cap on oil imports.

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According to Mr. Griffiths, of the ship "was carrying prohibited goods". It also described Petrel 8 as flying under the flag of Comoros, while Jie Shun is under Cambodia and Hao Fan 6 under Saint Christopher and Nevis.

North Korea is under a United Nations arms embargo and the Security Council has banned trade in exports such as coal, textiles, seafood, iron and other minerals to choke funding for Pyongyang's missile and nuclear programs. Both have previously vetoed harsher sanctions on the secretive state. He suggested some member states "maybe have been taken advantage of by the tactics deployed by DPRK coal export entities", which sounds like a bid to give North Korea's customers a chance to halt their illicit purchases without losing too much face. Those goods are estimated to be worth over USD1 billion - about one-third of the country's estimated $3 billion in exports in 2016.

However, repeated sanctions have so far failed to deter North Korea from continuing with its nuclear and missile development programmes.

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