United Nations to vote on new NK sanctions Friday

Lester Mason
December 22, 2017

Four ships were designated for carrying coal from North Korea by the council's North Korea sanctions committee in October.

Other proposed sanctions include the repatriation of North Korean overseas workers within the next 12 months.

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.

It seeks to slash refined petroleum product exports to North Korea by almost 90 percent in a bid to stop progress on the country's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

On November 29, North Korea launched what it claimed was its new type of intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong 15, which can hit anywhere on the USA mainland.

Reclusive North Korea has boasted of developing a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and reaching the mainland United States in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions and worldwide condemnation.

The US has identified 10 ships it says are violating global sanctions on North Korea.


Last week, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the council that the "pressure campaign must and will continue until denuclearization is achieved" as he backtracked from his offer to hold unconditional talks with Pyongyang.

It would also blacklist 19 North Korean individuals and the country's Ministry of the People's Armed Forces. The council imposed an annual cap of 2 million barrels in September, and the new resolution calls for a further reduction to 500,000 barrels.

The UN has banned North Korea from exporting coal, iron, lead, textiles and seafood and has restricted joint ventures and blacklisted a number of North Korean companies in response to Pyongyang's missile and nuclear tests.

The draft resolution was circulated to the 15-member council on Thursday and could be voted on as early as Friday, diplomats said.

North Korea is already 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.

Two North Korean cargo vessels, Ul Ji Bong 6 and Rung Ra 2 along with two North Korean oil tankers Sam Jong 2 and Rye Song Gang 1 are on the proposed blacklist as are the Chinese tugboat Yu Yuan and the Glory Hope 1 (also known as Orient Shenyu), a Panama-flagged cargo ship.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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