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U.N. imposes sanctions against Pyongyang, involving Taiwan national

ROC Central News Agency

2018/03/31 12:59:05

Washington, March 30 (CNA) The Security Council of the United Nations has imposed sanctions against North Korea, which involved a Taiwanese national who has been accused of helping Pyongyang evade international trading bans.

In a statement released by the Security Council on its website on Friday, the council said the Taiwanese Tsang Yung-yuan (張永源) "has coordinated North Korean coal exports with a North Korean broker operating in a third country."

In addition, Tsang "has a history of other sanctions evasion activities," the Security Council added.

Tsang was the only individual on the U.N. blacklist, which also included 21 shipping companies and 27 vessels.

According to the sanctions, Tsang now faces a travel ban imposed by the U.N., while his assets have been frozen.

In addition to Tsang, two companies -- Taiwan-based Pro-Gain Group Corp. and Taiwan and Marshall Islands-based Kingly Won International Co., Ltd. -- both of which are owned or controlled by Tsang -- also have been included in the sanctions list.

The U.N. sanctions against North Korea have secured support from the United States.

"The approval of this historic sanctions package is a clear sign that the international community is united in our efforts to keep up maximum pressure on the North Korean regime," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in a statement.

"We want to thank the members of the Security Council, as well as Japan and South Korea, for working with us to keep up the pressure and for their commitment to implementing U.N. Security Council resolutions and holding violators accountable," Haley said.

The international community has applied pressure on North Korea by imposing sanctions against it in a bid to force Pyongyang to give up its ambitions of developing nuclear weapons.

The U.N. action came in line with similar sanctions imposed by the U.S. Treasury in February which also involved Tsang and the two companies he owned or controlled.

According to the U.S. Treasury, Tsang had previously coordinated with a Russia-based North Korean broker to help Pyongyang export its coal.

The U.S. Treasury added Tang and Kingly Won International more recently attempted to engage in an oil deal valued at more than US$1 million with the Russia-based Independent Petroleum Co., which was operating in the energy industry in the North Korean economy.

After the U.S. sanctions in February were imposed, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said his government would continue its efforts in probing into possible assistance other Taiwanese individuals and entities may have provided to North Korea and some North Koreans.

The MOFA said the efforts showed the government's determination to follow the sanctions of the international community against North Korea, and to impose diplomatic and economic pressure on Pyongyang. MOFA hopes Taiwan will serve as a role model for others.

While U.S. President Donald Trump said he is looking forward to meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Trump tweeted on Wednesday, saying: "Unfortunately, maximum sanctions and pressure must be maintained at all cost!"

(By Ozzy Yin and Frances Huang)
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