The United States has proposed that the
United Nations Security Council blacklist 10 ships for transporting banned
items from North Korea, according to documents seen by Reuters on Tuesday.
vessels, including two Hong Kong-flagged ships and two North Korean tankers,
are accused of “conducting illegal ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum
products to North Korean vessels, or illegally transporting North Korean coal
to other countries for exports,” according to the U.S. proposal.
If none of
the U.N.'s 15 Security Council member states reject the proposal by Thursday,
it will be approved — meaning that all countries will be required to ban the
blacklisted ships from entering their ports.
Four ships were designated for carrying
coal from North Korea by the council’s North Korea sanctions committee in
North Korea is under a U.N. arms embargo
and the Security Council has banned trade in exports such as coal, textiles,
seafood, iron and other minerals to choke funding for Pyongyang’s missile and
In September, the council put a cap of 2
million barrels a year on refined petroleum products exports to North Korea.
The ships proposed to be blacklisted
are: Xin Sheng Hai (flag unknown); Hong-Kong-flagged Lighthouse Winmore;
Togo-flagged Yu Yuan; Panama-flagged Glory Hope 1 (also known as Orient
Shenyu), Kai Xiang, and Billions No. 18; and North Korean-flagged Ul Ji Bong 6,
Rung Ra 2, Rye Song Gang 1, and Sam Jong 2.