PortandTerminal.com, May 9, 2019
For the first time the United States has seized a North Korean cargo vessel for international sanctions violations, the Justice Department said today
Washington – The Trump administration has seized North Korea’s second largest cargo vessel ship claiming that the bulk carrier was violating American law and international sanctions, the Justice Department announced today. The seizure is almost guaranteed to escalate tensions already on the rise between the two nations because of recent North Korean weapons tests earlier this week.
Authorities said the carrier ship, the Wise Honest, was being used to export North Korean coal, a critical sector of the North’s economy that the United States and the United Nations have aggressively imposed sanctions on in an effort to force Pyongyang to end its nuclear weapons program. The ship was also being used to import heavy machinery.
The seizure of the vessel comes at a delicate moment between the two countries. It was announced hours after the North Koreans fired two suspected short-range missiles in an apparent sign of trouble for nuclear disarmament talks.
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