On Monday, the United Nations implemented a first-ever all-port ban on four vessels found violating sanctions put in place against North Korea in August.
The coordinator of the panel of the United Nations regarding North Korean sanctions Hugh Griffiths called the move unprecedented.
Griffiths, a British arms trafficking expert, told reporters in New York Monday that these ships were found to be transporting prohibited goods and were officially listed last Thursday, an action authorized by the sanctions committee.
According to a source close to the dossier, since the vessels in question have been referred to have carried or continue to carry even today, coal, iron, or fish north koreans, goods expressly targeted by the last trains of Un sanctions. In September, textile products were also banned, work permits for North Korean citizens overseas and, in part, imports of petroleum products. According to the website MarineTraffic, the first three cargo ships, fight, respectively the flag of the Comoros, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and North Korea.
According to a source, the listed ships were the Petrel 8, Hao Fan 6, Tong San 2 and Jie Shun.
Under the chairmanship of Italy, which now heads the 1718 committee, two open meetings have been held this year so far to keep member states apprised of the latest sanctions resolutions.
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.
The Japan Times reported that United Nations diplomats confirmed that a North Korean envoy was present at the meeting but did not participate. The Jie Shun is not listed on the site.
North Korea's main economic partner China has signed up to the measures, along with Russian Federation. "But, of course, to be effective, sanctions must be applied by all the world", he argued.
However, repeated sanctions have so far failed to deter North Korea from continuing with its nuclear and missile development programmes.
Pyongyang on September 3 detonated a hydrogen bomb capable of being carried by an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the sixth nuclear test it has undertaken, running counter to relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the goal of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.