File photo shows a cargo ship with name Jin Teng. (File photo)
MANILA, March 5 (Xinhua) -- The Philippine government has impounded a cargo ship of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in Subic port, northern province of Zambales following a United Nations Security Council resolution against Pyongyang, a senior government official said Saturday.
Undersecretary Manuel Quezon of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office, citing the UNSC Resolution 2270, said that DPRK's vessels, including Jin Teng, the one held in Subic, are subject to "what's called an asset freeze by UN member states."
Quoting Assistant Secretary Gary Domingo of the United Nations and Other International Organizations (UNIO) office of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), he said that in asset freeze, the Philippine Coast Guard has to impound the ship.
"That means, the crew must be eventually deported," he said, noting that a UN team might come to the country to inspect the ship.
Quezon said the Philippines will also send a report to the UN on the actions it has taken with regard to the vessel, which has 21 crew members from DPRK.
The 15-nation Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution early Wednesday imposing a raft of sanctions on the DPRK to curb the country's nuclear and missile programs after its recent nuclear test and satellite launch.
PYONGYANG, March 4 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Friday strongly condemned the new UN Security Council resolution and threatened to take resolute measures against it.
The new resolution, which further tightens sanctions against the DPRK, is the "worst and most explicit international criminal act that aims to isolate and stifle the defensive and just sovereign state," says a statement of a government spokesman. Full story
MOSCOW, March 5 (Xinhua) -- China and Russia have called for restraint in the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, while the United States urged the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to end its provocative actions.
At a second meeting on Northeast Asia security Friday in Moscow, China and Russia called for the denuclearization of the peninsula, stressing that the nuclear issue can only be resolved through dialogue. Full story
BRUSSELS, March 4 (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) here on Friday decided to expand restrictive measures against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), adding 16 people and 12 entities to the list of targets subject to EU sanctions.
According to the Council of the EU, the decision transposes the new listings imposed by United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2270 adopted on March 2 in response to DPRK's nuclear test and rocket launch on Jan. 6 and Feb. 7 this year. Full story