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U.N. Imposes Global Ban for Ships Caught Carrying North Korean Contraband

The United Nations has banned four ships for violating North Korea sanctions by carrying coal from North Korea, including one vessel that had ammunition, but the United States has postponed to blacklist four others pending further investigation.

The UNís Security Council Committee said the ban took effect on October 5, but was announced by Hugh Griffiths, coordinator of a UN Security Council panel on North Korea sanctions on Monday at the conclusion of the second UN meeting on enforcing North Korea sanctions.

The four banned ships are Petrel 8, Hao Fan 6, Tong San 2 and Jie Shun. The 193 U.N. member states are now required to prohibit port entry to these four ships though entry is allowed only in case of emergency or if the vessel is returning to its home port.

The U.N. Security Council passed a resolution in August to ban North Korea from exporting among other products coal, iron and gas and cap its crude imports consequent upon its repeated nuclear tests this year.

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