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