U.N. Blacklists Dozens of Ships and Shipping Companies Over North Korea Smuggling

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, March 30 (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council blacklisted dozens of ships and shipping companies on Friday 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. The council's North Korea sanctions committee acted on a request by … [Read more...]

U.S. Preparing High-Seas Crackdown on North Korea Sanctions Evaders -Sources

By Matt Spetalnick, Phil Stewart and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON, Feb 23 (Reuters) - The Trump administration and key Asian allies are preparing to expand interceptions of ships suspected of violating sanctions on North Korea, a plan that could include deploying U.S. Coast Guard forces to stop and search vessels in Asia-Pacific waters, senior U.S. officials said. Washington … [Read more...]

U.S. Targets Shipping Companies, Vessels in ‘Largest-Ever’ Sanctions Against North Korea

By Steve Holland and Christine Kim WASHINGTON/SEOUL, Feb 23 (Reuters) - The United States said on Friday it was imposing its largest package of sanctions against North Korea, intensifying pressure on Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons and missile programs. In addressing the Trump administration's biggest national security challenge, the U.S. Treasury sanctioned … [Read more...]

North Korean Olympics Ferry Sails Past Sanctions with Karaoke, Ice Cream

By Hyonhee Shin and Elaine Lies SEOUL/MUKHO PORT, Feb 6 (Reuters) - A North Korean ferry arrived in South Korea on Tuesday carrying a 140-strong orchestra to perform during the Winter Olympics, taking advantage of a rare sanctions exemption from Seoul 16 years after its previous visit but greeted by angry protests. The 9,700-tonne ferry, the Mangyongbong 92, was … [Read more...]

North Korea Made $200m Flouting Maritime Sanctions

by Kambiz Foroohar (Bloomberg) North Korea received almost $200 million between January and September 2017 from exports of coal, iron, steel and other commodities banned under UN Security Council resolutions meant to crack down on Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions, according to a confidential report. Coal shipments were delivered to China, Malaysia, South Korea, Russia and … [Read more...]