Day: December 23, 2017
UN FURTHER SANCTIONS ON NORTH KOREA
NEW UN SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION ON NORTH KOREA
On 22nd December the UN Security Council imposed new sanctions on the DPRK, increasing the extent of measures imposed on the country in the wake of its continued nuclear and ballistic weapons programme, including the ballistic missile launch on 28th November. Under the new resolution calls –
- all Member States shall “prohibit” the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer to the DPRK of crude oil, refined petroleum products, and various types of equipment and raw materials;
- restrictions also apply with respect to the Member States’ territories, nationals, flagged vessels, aircraft, pipelines, rail lines, or vehicles and whether or not originating in their territories;
- all Member States shall repatriate all DPRK nationals earning income in that Member State’s jurisdiction and all DPRK government safety oversight attachés monitoring DPRK workers abroad “immediately but no later than 24 months,” (unless the Member State determined that the national’s repatriation is prohibited under applicable national and international law, or if that national is a national of that Member State);
- re the maritime interdiction of cargo vessels, the Council decided that Member States shall seize, inspect, and impound any vessel in their ports if the Member State has reasonable grounds to believe that the vessel was involved in activities, or the transport of items, prohibited by relevant UN resolutions; and
- an additional 16 individuals (mainly banking officials) and 1 entity (the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces) added to sanctions lists.
The Security Council expressed its “deep concern” at the grave hardship that the people in the DPRK are subjected to and condemns the country for pursuing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles instead of the welfare of its people.
Also in the resolution, the Council affirmed that it shall keep the country’s actions under “continuous review” and that it is determined to take further “significant measures” in the event of a further nuclear test or launch.
UN Security Council Resolution 2397 is at –