United Nations blacklists shipping firms over aide in North Korean maritime smuggling

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The U.N. blacklisted 27 ships, 21 shipping companies, and one individual for unlawfully engaging North Korea.

The measures were proposed by the USA last month as part of a crackdown on the maritime smuggling of North Korean commodities such as oil and coal. The 12 non-North Korean ships are subject to a global ban on entry into ports and must be deregistered and the 12 North Korean are subject to asset freeze.

Haley said, the approval of the historic sanctions package is a clear sign the worldwide community is coming together, to keep maximum pressure on Pyongyang.

The list includes two Chinese companies - Shanghai Dongfeng Shipping and Weihai World Shipping Freight, which are accused of transporting North Korean coal.

On Friday, the U.N. Security Council published a statement on its website, saying that Tsang had "coordinated North Korean coal exports with a North Korean broker operating in a third country".

It is the largest North Korea-related blacklisting to date by the UNSC involving 27 ships, 21 firms and one individual for 49 new listings.

United Nations the assets of 21 shipping companies, including companies based in the Marshall Islands, Singapore, Panama and Samoa should be frozen.

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The package - the largest-ever placed on North Korea - is meant to keep the pressure on Pyongyang despite its recent diplomatic opening to talks, a council diplomat said on condition of anonymity.

Last year, the Security Council adopted a series of resolutions to ban North Korean exports of commodities in a bid to cut off revenue to the nuclear-armed state's military programmes.

The identities of the new designees and where they were based was not immediately clear, but Haley said the U.S. had proposed them to coincide with a U.S. Treasury Department sanctions package in late February that barred U.S. persons from dealings with 50 vessels, shipping companies and trade businesses.

North Korea earned US$200 million in revenue previous year from exports of coal, iron, steel and other banned commodities, according to a recent report.

Only eight North Korean vessels had so far been banned from ports for sanctions-busting - so the inclusion of 13 other ships on Friday was expected to significantly cripple North Korea's maritime network.

The reason for the adoption of the list was the need to limit smuggling.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un recently met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing as part of the young despot's first trip overseas since he became the leader of North Korea.

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