Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry supports tightening of sanctions against North Korea
/ Updated: 2017.09.12 16:17
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania supports the United Nations Security Council resolution of September 11 on additional sanctions against North Korea.
“Only the international community’s united pressure on North Korea for its illegal actions can bring about results. We welcome the new sanctions and call for continuing to consistently seek a diplomatic solution to this situation,” said the Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius.
According to Lithuania’s Foreign Minister, a trade restriction is one of the ways to increase the international community’s pressure unanimously. Until this year, Lithuania did not have any permanent trade relationships with North Korea, in spite of several export transactions with North Korea that are not a subject to the United Nations sanctions.
Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry warns that maintaining commercial relationships with North Korea poses a risk, even if current UN sanctions do not prohibit that. The Foreign Ministry recommends that Lithuanian companies should refrain from commercial relationships with this country.
The UN Security Council’s resolution has further tightened sanctions against North Korea. The resolution bans North Korea from importing all natural gas liquids and condensates, caps imports of crude oil at the level of the last 12 months, bans the opening of new joint ventures or cooperative entities with North Korea, bans all textile exports, calls on states to inspect vessels on the high seas, and prohibits any country from authorizing new work permits for North Korean workers.