Rabu, 08 Juli 2015


The US has blacklisted a Singapore-based shipping firm over allegations it is supporting illicit arms shipments to North Korea.
The US Treasury said that Senat Shipping was providing "extensive support" to a North Korean company already under sanctions.
It means that any assets the firm holds in the US are frozen and prohibits US citizens from doing business with it.
Senat shipping has made no public comment yet.
The US Treasury makes clear that measures against Senat Shipping also extend to the company's president, Leonard Lai.
It said that Senat Shipping was co-operating with Ocean Maritime Management Company (OMMC), a North Korean firm already under sanctions.
In 2013, a ship operated by OMMC was seized by Panamanian authorities for hiding undeclared military equipment from Cuba under its cargo of sugar.

According to US authorities, Senat arranged the purchase, repair, certification, and crewing of vessels for OMMC.
"Arms shipments transported by OMMC serve as a key resource for North Korea's ongoing proliferation activities," Acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Adam J Szubin was quoted in the Treasury's press release.
The United Nations and the US imposed sanctions on OMMC in July 2014 for the attempted arms import into North Korea.
Under UN sanctions, North Korea is banned from weapons exports and the import of all but small arms. There are also separate US sanctions also target Pyongyang's nuclear arms programme.

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