All ships leaving North Korea face mandatory inspections under new UN resolution

All ships leaving North Korea face mandatory inspections under new UN resolution

A draft UN Security Council resolution revealed yesterday in response to North Korea’s latest nuclear test and missile launch is pushing to make sure all ships entering and leaving the so called Hermit Kingdom are inspected.

The draft has received the support of Pyongyang’s long-term ally, China.

The US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power said the resolution included “unprecedented interdictions provisions” to ensure sanctions are enforced. This marks the first time that mandatory inspections will be enforced.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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