BUNITED NATIONS - The United
States expressed concern Thursday that the UN committee monitoring sanctions
against North Korea has not adopted amendments proposed by the US and others
that would add new equipment, goods and technology to a list of banned items.
The UN Security Council imposed sanctions on North Korea on Oct. 14 for
conducting a nuclear test.
"For the sake of the credibility of the committee and this sanctions regime,
we wish to see these amendments adopted as quickly as possible," US deputy
ambassador Jackie Sanders told the Security Council.
The US-sponsored resolution ordered all countries to prevent North Korea from
importing or exporting material for weapons of mass destruction or ballistic
missiles specified on lists. It also orders nations to freeze assets of people
or businesses connected to these programs, and ban the individuals from
Sanders told the council the United States intends to propose in the near
future that several new "entities" be added to the list of those subject to an
In a measure aimed at North Korea's tiny elite, the resolution also bans the
sale of luxury goods to the country. The North's reclusive leader, Kim Jong Il,
is known for his love of cognac and lobster and collection of thousands of
bottles of vintage French wine.
Slovakia's UN Ambassador Peter Burian, the outgoing chairman of the sanctions
committee, told the council the committee was continuing the process "of
determining additional items, materials, equipment, goods and technology" to be
added to the list of banned items.
He said the committee decided that it was up to UN member states to decide on
a definition of luxury goods that would be banned from export to North Korea.
The committee also reaffirmed that the sanctions "are not intended to
restrict the supply of ordinary goods to the wider population of the country or
have a negative humanitarian impact" on North Korea, Burian added.
North Korea returned to six-party talks on its nuclear arms program in
Beijing last month - the first since its Oct. 9 nuclear test. But no
progress was made on disarmament because of a dispute over US financial
sanctions imposed on the North over its alleged counterfeiting of US$100 bills
and money laundering.
The six-nation talks - involving North and South Korea, the United
States, China, Russia and Japan - had been stalled since November 2005.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who was South Korea's foreign minister
before taking over as UN chief on Jan. 1, urged the six parties "to work hard
toward denuclearization of the Korean peninsula."