Release our cargo ship, N Korea demands US

Release our cargo ship, N Korea demands US

SEOUL: North Korea demanded that the United States release a cargo ship seized on suspicion of violating United Nations (UN) sanctions, Yonhap news agency reported.

A spokesperson for North Korea’s foreign ministry made the demand in a statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency, blasting the seizure as a violation of the spirit of the June 12 joint declaration the two countries signed after the first-ever summit of their leaders last year.

“The US should seriously think about the consequences its brigand act will cause and return our ship without delay,” the spokesperson said.

The US Justice Department said last week that the 17,061-tonne Wise Honest, one of the North Korea’s largest bulk carriers, has been seized for shipping coal and machinery in violation of US and UN sanctions on the communist nation.

The department said North Korea was found to be concealing the origin of the Wise Honest to export tonnes of high-grade coal to foreign buyers and import heavy machinery to the North.


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