Security council action increases pressure on Pyongyang ahead of planned meetings with South Korea and US

The UN security council has blacklisted dozens of ships and shipping companies involved in smuggling oil and coal in and out of North Korea.

The security council’s North Korea sanctions committee on Friday acted on a request by the US, took action against 21 shipping companies – including five based in China – 15 North Korean ships, 12 non-North Korean ships and a Taiwanese man.

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