US calls for blacklisting of 10 vessels under North Korea sanctions rules

The US has called on the UN Security Council to blacklist 10 ships for circumnavigating sanctions on North Korea, reported Reuters, citing documents it had seen. The 10 vessels were said to have been conducting ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum products to North Korean vessels or transporting North Korean coal in violation of UN sanctions imposed over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs.

Countries would be required to ban them from entering their ports if none of the 15 members of the Security Council’s North Korea sanctions committee object by Thursday afternoon.

The UN Security Council has banned trade in exports such as coal, textiles, seafood, iron and other minerals to North Korea.

The ships targeted for blacklisting were Xin Sheng Hai (flag unknown); the Lighthouse Winmore (Hong Kong); Yu Yuan (Togo); Glory Hope 1 (also known as Orient Shenyu) (Panama), Kai Xiang (Panama), Billions No. 18 (Panama) and the Ul Ji Bong 6, Rung Ra 2, Rye Song Gang 1, and Sam Jong 2 (all North Korea).