10 Oct '17, 5am

UN slaps global port ban on ships for North Korea sanctions violations

UN slaps global port ban on ships for North Korea sanctions violations

The UN has slapped a global port ban on four vessels found violating sanctions against North Korea, the head of an expert panel said on Monday in what he described as an unprecedented move. The United States led a drive at the Security Council to impose two recent sets of sanctions to punish Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile tests. "There are four vessels that have been designated by the committee. The designation doesn't mean an assets freeze or travel ban. But it's a port ban," said Hugh Griffiths, coordinator of a UN Security Council panel on North Korea sanctions, adding the ships were found "transporting prohibited goods." "It's a pretty swift and decisive action by the committee," he said, adding that the ban went into effect on October 5. Griffiths was speaking at the conclusion of the second UN meeting on enforcing North Korea sanctions. A source close to the ...

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