UN draft calls for inspection of North Korean cargo

June 11th, 2009 - 1:46 am ICT by IANS  

New York, June 10 (DPA) The UN Security Council Wednesday discussed new measures to curb nuclear proliferation by North Korea, including a proposal to inspect all suspected shipments of prohibited materials at airports, seaports and on the high seas.
The six-page text said sanctions adopted by the council in 2006, after North Korea exploded its first nuclear device, would also remain in effect.

The new proposal calls on all states to inspect “all cargo to and from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, in their territory, including seaports and airports, if the state concerned has information that provides reasonable grounds to believe the cargo

contains items” that are under embargo.

The inspection of vessels can be carried out on the high seas, with the consent of the vessels’ flag state and in accordance with international law.

States and their nationals would be called upon not to provide “bunkering services”, such as fuels or supplies, or other servicing of vessels to the North Koreans if they possess information that those vessels are carrying items embargoed by the council.

The draft resolution, which was worked out by the council’s five permanent members - the US, Russia, China, France and Britain - plus Japan and South Korea, would condemn North Korea’s in the “strongest terms” for exploding a second nuclear

device May 25 in “violation and flagrant disregard” of UN resolutions and the wish of the international community.

It “demands that the North Korea not conduct any further nuclear test or any such launch using ballistic missile technology.”

The draft would call on North Korea to return to the six-party talks and the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty.

The so-called interdiction by air and sea of shipments that may contain illicit nuclear materials or weapons has been under consideration by the council since 2006, but was opposed by China, Russia and South Korea.

After North Korea exploded its first nuclear bomb in October, 2006, the 15-nation council imposed sanctions that included an embargo on sale of weapons, war equipment and nuclear materials or technology to North Korea.

The draft would give states 45 days, from the day the council has adopted the new resolution, to report whether they will have implemented the new measures.

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