Nations Security Council blacklisted dozens of ships and shipping companies on
Friday 30 March 2018 over oil and coal smuggling by North Korea, boosting
pressure on Pyongyang as leader Kim Jong Un plans to meet with his South Korean
and U.S. counterparts.
council’s North Korea sanctions committee acted on a request by the United
States, designating 21 shipping companies — including five based in China — 15
North Korean ships, 12 non-North Korean ships and a Taiwanese man
The move comes days after Kim met Chinese President Xi Jinping
and an announcement that the North Korean leader would meet South Korean
President Moon Jae-in on April 27. He is also scheduled to meet U.S. President
Donald Trump sometime in May.
The list was part of a request by Washington late last month for
33 ships, 27 shipping companies and the Taiwanese man to be sanctioned. China
delayed that bid on March 2, but did not give a reason. The 15-member committee
works by consensus.
Washington then proposed a shortened list on Thursday, which was
unanimously agreed by the committee on Friday.
The 12 non-North Korea ships are now subjected to a global port
ban and must be deregistered, while the 15 North Korean ships are subjected to
an asset freeze and 13 of those a global port ban.
The Taiwanese man, Tsang Yung Yuan, is accused of coordinating
“North Korean coal exports with a North Korean broker operating in a third
country, and he has a history of other sanctions evasion activities,” according
to the U.N. listing. He is subjected to an asset freeze and travel ban.
The assets of the 21 shipping companies, which include
businesses based in the Marshall Islands, Singapore, Panama and Samoa, must now
The U.N. Security Council has unanimously boosted sanctions on
North Korea since 2006 in a bid to choke off funding for Pyongyang’s nuclear
and ballistic missile programs, banning exports including coal, iron, lead,
textiles and seafood, and capping imports of crude oil and refined petroleum
The White House announced last month that D. Trump and China's leader
Xi Jingping agreed to continue sanctions against North Korea, until Pyongyang
takes concrete steps to abandon the nuclear weapon.