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The United States takes control of North Korean “Sanctions-Busting” Ship: NPR

The Trump administration says it has taken a North Korean freighter, Wise Honest, which US officials say was used to transport coal in violation of international sanctions. AP hide caption change caption AP Trump administration says it has taken a North Korean cargo ship, Wise Honest, which US officials say was used to transporting coal in contravention of international sanctions. AP US. On Thursday, the authorities announced that they had taken control of a coal ship North Korea was considered to be used to avoid international sanctions. The ship, called M / V Wise Honest, was first held by Indonesian authorities more than a year ago and is now being moved to American Samoa. "Today's civil action is the first seizure of a North Korean cargo ship to violate international sanctions," said Geoffrey Berman, the US lawyer for the Southern District of New York, in a statement. "We are willing and able to deploy the entire system of law enforcement tools to detect, deter, and prosecute North Korea's fraudulent attempts to remove sanctions." "This sanction-breaking ship is now out of service," said Assistant Professor General of National Security John Demers. On the day that North Korea was reported, this attack will have launched two projectiles suspected of being short-range missiles. They performed a similar test several days earlier. US Special Representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, was in Seoul on Thursday to talk to South Korean officials. Berman stressed that the other events are not related. "There is no connection…

The Trump administration says it has taken a North Korean freighter, Wise Honest, which US officials say was used to transport coal in violation of international sanctions.

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Trump administration says it has taken a North Korean cargo ship, Wise Honest, which US officials say was used to transporting coal in contravention of international sanctions.

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US. On Thursday, the authorities announced that they had taken control of a coal ship North Korea was considered to be used to avoid international sanctions.

The ship, called M / V Wise Honest, was first held by Indonesian authorities more than a year ago and is now being moved to American Samoa.

“Today’s civil action is the first seizure of a North Korean cargo ship to violate international sanctions,” said Geoffrey Berman, the US lawyer for the Southern District of New York, in a statement. “We are willing and able to deploy the entire system of law enforcement tools to detect, deter, and prosecute North Korea’s fraudulent attempts to remove sanctions.”

“This sanction-breaking ship is now out of service,” said Assistant Professor General of National Security John Demers.

On the day that North Korea was reported, this attack will have launched two projectiles suspected of being short-range missiles. They performed a similar test several days earlier. US Special Representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, was in Seoul on Thursday to talk to South Korean officials.

Berman stressed that the other events are not related. “There is no connection at all between North Korea’s latest operations and our evidence,” he said. “We’ve been running this for months.”

U.S. Authorities say the ship broke US law by treating payments through US banks for ship maintenance, equipment, and improvements. The ship has been operated by Korea Songi Shipping Company since November 2016 – which, according to the complaint, is a subordinate Korean people’s army.

In fact, North Korea has not been in control of the ship for more than a year – it was seized by Indonesia in April 2018.

Indonesia said in a letter published by the United Nations that the “automatic identification system” had been shut down, which could help avoid detection. It then found that the ship sailed with two flags – North Korea and Sierra Leone – which is not allowed. On board were tens of thousands of tons of coal.

On April 4 last year, the Indonesian Navy imprisoned the crew and the ship. Indonesia has said that at the end of July it received a request for mutual legal assistance from the United States, which seems to have led it to turn over the ship to US authorities.

According to the complaint in the Manhattan Federal Court, the ship unloaded coal in the ports of China and Russia and returned to North Korea with heavy machinery.

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