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S. Korea under preparation to report N.K. coal shipments to UNSC: official

All News 16:14 August 11, 2018

SEOUL, Aug. 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korea is preparing to report its investigation results on suspected North Korean coal shipments to its ports to the U.N. Security Council next week at the earliest possible date, a government official said Saturday.

Seoul's customs office announced earlier this week that three South Korean firms imported North Korean coal and pig iron from Russia on seven occasions between April and October last year by forging customs documents in apparent violation of a U.N. sanctions resolution.

Passed in August last year, UNSC Resolution 2371 imposes a blanket ban on the overseas sale of North Korean coal, iron ore and other mineral resources.

"We have decided to report (our results) to the U.N. Security Council as soon as possible," the government official said. "We are thinking of reporting them next week if possible."

The report will also include a list of four cargo ships used for the banned activities, including a Belize-flagged ship, the Jin Long, according to the official.

The government earlier said the three remaining ships involved in North Korea's exports before August will likely be punished in accordance with South Korea's May 24 sanctions on the North.

Roh Seok-whan, vice commissioner of the Korea Customs Office (KCO), announces the outcome of the agency's probe into South Korean companies' suspected transactions of North Korean coal and pig iron in violation of U.N. sanctions on North Korea at the KCO headquarters in Daejeon, 164 kilometers south of Seoul, on Aug. 10, 2018. (Yonhap)


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