The U.N. Security Council has agreed to a request from China to remove sanctions on four ships that had been blacklisted in March for ties with North Korea, after China guaranteed that the ships would not use North Korean crews.
The ships were among 31 vessels sanctioned by the U.N. as they were believed to be owned by North Korean shipping firm Ocean Maritime Management Company (OMM).
According to Liu Jieyi, the Chinese ambassador to U.N., the ships are not OMM ships, and U.N. has corrected the mistake.
The four ships include Jin Teng, a general cargo ship detained by authorities in the Philippines due to its inclusion on the original list of North Korean vessels under sanctions. A Chinese company, Golden Soar Development, later came forward to claim ownership of the vessel.