NEW YORK (Kyodo) Japan and the United States submitted to a U.N. sanctions committee Wednesday lists of entities whose assets they want frozen due to suspected activities related to North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programs, the panel’s chairman said.
The move is in line with a nonbinding presidential statement the U.N. Security Council adopted Monday following North Korea’s April 5 rocket launch.
The statement condemned the launch as a violation of Resolution 1718, which bans North Korea from all missile activity, and requested the Security Council sanctions committee established to deal with the resolution to list by April 24 additional goods and entities subject to sanctions on Pyongyang.
The sanctions committee convened an expert-level meeting behind closed doors for the first time since the adoption of the Security Council statement.
Washington named 11 entities, including trading houses and banks, while Tokyo picked 14 entities — the 11 entities named by the United States plus three others, U.N. diplomatic sources said.
All 14 entities are included in a list of 15 the Cabinet designated in September 2006 as being subject to financial sanctions on North Korea following its test-firing of seven ballistic missiles in July 2006, the sources said.
Among the 14 entities are Korea Mining Development Trading Corp. and Tanchon Commercial Bank, said the sources.
During Wednesday’s sanctions committee meeting, the U.S. also proposed a trade embargo on a list of dual-use goods and technologies that could be converted for military purposes, the sources said.
But the meeting is expected to see rough going in view of likely opposition to the Japanese and U.S. lists from China and Russia, both close allies of North Korea.
The presidential statement says that if the sanctions committee fails to work out a new sanctions list by April 24, the Security Council is to decide on such a list by April 30.
Meeting the media, Turkish Ambassador Baki Ilkin, who chairs the committee, did not disclose the content of the lists outlined by Japan and the U.S., but confirmed the two countries had submitted them.
“We have received communications from the two countries. But we will see how it goes,” the ambassador said, calling the meeting “fruitful and constructive.” He did not provide further details, including when the next meeting will convene.
The sanctions committee was set up after the Security Council adopted Resolution 1718 in October 2006 following North Korea’s nuclear test. The resolution bans North Korea from missile activities and calls for the international community to stop trading weapons and luxury goods with the country.
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