UN blacklists dozens of ships and businesses for helping North Korea circumvent sanctions

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The UN Security Council today blacklisted 27 ships, 21 companies and a businessman for helping North Korea circumvent sanctions, keeping the pressure on Pyongyang despite its recent diplomatic opening to talks.

The council diplomat said, acting on a request from the United States, a council committee approved the largest-ever package of sanctions designations on North Korea. The move is part of a global crackdown on the smuggling of North Korean commodities in violation of UN sanctions resolutions, which were adopted in response to Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

The sanctions were approved as the United States moves to open talks with North Korea on its nuclear drive, with a possible summit meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un to be held by the end of May.

 

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