If you were still harboring any illusions about St Kitts actually performing adequate due diligence on anybody or anything, read this. The United Nations Security Council has issued a global port ban on the vessel HAO FAN 6, IMO862597, a bulk carrier of goods, for transportation of prohibited goods to and from the Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea, more commonly known as North Korea. The Hao Fan 6 may not enter any seaport in the world, for violating UN sanctions on North Korea.
This vessel is currently registered in St Kitts & Nevis. Given the universal sanctions imposed upon North Korea, and the fact that anyone with a computer can access the complete travel history of any documented vessel, how on earth is the St Kitts Government allowing their flag to fly on a vessel that delivers, as well as loads, goods in North Korea. How was the registration approved in the first place ? Why is it not now revoked ?
If St Kitts can facilitate violations of sanctions on North Korea, we are wondering whether North Korean nationals, with the appropriate aliases, are traveling on St Kitts CBI passports, or SKN diplomatic passports, masquerading as Chinese citizens. DPRK agents are notorious for vending counterfeit US Dollars, selling counterfeit prescription drugs, as well as Soviet-era small arms. Is St Kitts now facilitating their criminal activities ?
Whether the United Nations should now impose sanctions on the Government of St Kitts is a discussion that needs to take place at the Security Council.
Chronicles of Monte Friesner - Senior Financial Crime Analyst
Contributed by Kenneth Rijock - Financial Crime Consultant