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US confiscates North Korean vessel for violation of sanctions



WASHINGTON – The United States has seized a North Korean naval vessel that violates US law and international sanctions, the Justice Department announced Thursday, a move that is sure to escalate tensions between the two nations due to recent North Korean weapons testing ,

The prosecution said the transport ship, which is honestly being used for exporting North Korean coal, a critical sector of the Nordic economy against which the United States and the United Nations aggressively impose sanctions to force Pyongyang to use its nuclear weapons program break up. The ship was also used to import heavy machinery.

It was the first time that the United States seized a North Korean cargo ship for international sanctions violations, the Department of Justice said. The Wise Honest is the second largest cargo ship in the Pyongyang fleet.

"This sanctioned ship is now out of service," said John C. Demers, head of the Department of Justice's national security department. The lawsuit was filed Thursday at the Federal District Court in Manhattan by the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.

The Indonesian authorities arrested the ship in April 2018 after being photographed in a North Korean port and loaded onto the ship, which, according to the prosecutors, appeared to be coal. When the ship went to Indonesia, it tried to hide details about its location by deactivating its automatic identification system. The signal of the ship was switched off since August 2017.

The UN Security Council has imposed five sanctions on North Korea since the beginning of 2016, when Pyongyang conducted its fourth nuclear test. At the time, China and others argued that the sanctions could disproportionately affect the normal North Koreans and backfire.


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