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Global port ban slapped on ships violating N. Korea sanctions

Global port ban slapped on ships violating N. Korea sanctions

The United Nations North Korea sanctions committee has newly banned four ships from entering ports around the globe, the head of a U.N. panel said Monday following a briefing he gave to member states.

He also pointed to the significance of implementing a port ban, rather than an assets freeze or travel ban - meaning that the vessels "are banned from all ports".

The coordinator of the panel of the United Nations regarding North Korean sanctions Hugh Griffiths called the move unprecedented. The ships were found "transporting prohibited goods", AFP quoted Griffiths as saying. "It's a pretty swift and decisive action by the committee", he said, describing the move as "unprecedented".

The new sanctions severely restrict the DPRK's oil imports, and ban its textile exports worth 800 million US dollars and the remittances from about 93,000 overseas DPRK laborers.

According to the MarineTraffic website, a maritime database that monitors the movement of vessels, Petrel 8 is registered in Comoros, Hao Fan 6 in Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Tong San 2 in North Korea.

This resolution also authorizes the 1718 Committee, or the so-called sanctions committee named after the first UNSC resolution on Pyongyang in 2006, to prohibit port calls by designated vessels and chartering of North Korea-flagged vessels.

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The UN Security Council, led by the United States, recently impose multiple sanctions on Pyongyang for missile testing carried out in direct defiance of cease and desist directives from the body.

The ships were reportedly the Petrel 8, Hao Fan 6, Tong San 2 and Jie Shun. Both have previously vetoed harsher sanctions on the secretive state. The registered country of Jie Shun is not listed.

The UN expanded sanctions last month after the sixth and largest nuclear test made by North Korea. "Just a means. But of course, to be effective, sanctions must be applied by everybody".

North Korea's main economic partner China has signed up to the measures, along with Russian Federation.

Pyongyang on September 3 detonated a hydrogen bomb capable of being carried by an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the sixth nuclear test it has undertaken, running counter to relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the goal of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

Ambassador Ja Song Nam said North Korea will withstand the blow of sanctions and continue "along the road of building the socialist power by dint of the spirit of self-reliance and self-development".