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U.S. Asks U.N. to Blacklist 10 Ships over Banned North Korea Cargo

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.

The 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 October.

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 nuclear programs.

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.

 


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