Stop That Four! North Korea Blacklisted by UN

The United Nations Security Council has banned all nations from allowing 4 ships transporting prohibited goods to and from North Korea to enter their respective ports.

Making this known to journalists at a briefing of U.N. member states on Monday, Hugh Griffiths said port bans has been placed on the 4 ships.

Griffith's who is the head of panel of experts investigating the implementation of U.N. sanctions against North Korea confessed, "this is the first time in U.N. history," that the Security Council committee monitoring  sanctions against Pyongyang has prohibited ships from entering all ports.

The 4 cargo ships are identified as Petrel 8, Hao Fan 6, Tong San 2 and Jie Shun.

Griffith's confirms the 4 ships were officially listed on Oct. 5 "for transporting prohibited goods." This follows a U.N. Security Council resolution passed on Aug. 6 authorising port bans.

The resolution  which comes on the heels of N.K's first successful tests on intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the U.S. also bans the country from exporting coal, iron, lead and seafood products. The goods are estimated to worth over $1 billion about one-third of N.K's estimated $3 billion in exports in 2016.

Accordimg to CBS news the Security Council unanimously approved more sanctions on Sept.11 responding to N.K's sixth and strongest nuclear test explosion on Sept. 3.

The latest sanctions prohibits NK from importing all natural gas liquids and condensates and caps its crude oil imports, textile exports, ban all joint ventures and corporative operations and subsequently bans any country from authorising new work permit for North Korean workers- key sources of hard currency  for the north east Asian Country.

Griffiths also encourages all nations to pay "special attention" to N.K's Mansudae Overseas Project Group of Companies also called Mansudae Art Studio, which is blacklisted and subject to an asset freeze and travel ban.

It is believed Mansudae exports N.K. workers to countries, "for construction-related activities including construction for statues and monuments to generate revenue for the government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea- the country's official name.

Griffiths suggests Mansudae, "has representatives, branches and affiliates in the Asia-Pacific region, all over Africa and all over Europe." Without elaborating, he added: " they're doing an awful lot more than producing statues in Africa."


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