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United Nations slaps global port ban on ships for N. Korea sanctions violations

North Koreans participate in a mass rally against international sanctions in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang Sept. 23 2017

The ban entered into force on October 5 and does not imply freezing assets or a ban on movement.

AFP quotes a "source close to the matter" who says the four ships were found to be carrying banned coal, seafood, and iron ore.

The UN expanded sanctions last month after the sixth and largest nuclear test made by North Korea. He is from Varna, Bulgaria and work have experience in management and development of maritime websites.

The UN said the four ships were the Jie Shun, the ship caught smuggling grenades; the Hao Fan 6, the Petrel 8 and and the Tong San 2.

The website listed the destination of the vessels as follows: the Petrel 8 was sailing from Yantai, in China's northeastern Shandong Province to Donghae, South Korea; Hao Fan 6 from Vladivostok Russia to Abashiri, Japan; Tong San 2 sailing from Bayuquan port in China's Liaoning province to Daesan, South Korea; while the Jie Shun's destination was unknown.

US President Donald Trump's administration is now going after North Korea's money as part of its campaign to rein in the hermit nation's weapons programs.

"This is the first time in United Nations history that four ships have been designated by the 1718 committee" after the latest sanctions resolution against North Korea was adopted on September 11, panel coordinator Hugh Griffiths told reporters. "But it's a port ban", said Hugh Griffiths, coordinator of the UN Security Council Panel of Experts on North Korea sanctions, adding the ships were found "transporting prohibited goods".

North Korea has for years has been accused of evading global sanctions to fund everything from its nuclear program to the lavish lifestyles of Pyongyang's biggest players. Those goods are estimated to be worth over USD1 billion - about one-third of the country's estimated $3 billion in exports in 2016.

These latest sanctions ban North Korea from importing all natural gas liquids and condensates, and cap its crude oil imports.

In addition to informing member states about the four new designations, Griffiths also pointed to concerns about sanctions evasions that seem to be continuing, particularly with regard to the export of coal.