The Untied States has seized a North Korean shipping vessel that violated American law and international sanctions.
IN an announcement released by the US Justice Department on Thursday, prosecutors said a carrier ship that was being used to export sanctioned North Korean coal , was seized.
In what was the first time the United States had seized a North Korean cargo vessel for violating international sanctions, the head of the Justice Department John Demers, said,
“This sanctions busting ship is now out of service.”
Mr Demers further noted that the ship was the second largest cargo ship in North Korea’s fleet. The seizure came as North Korea ramped up its weapons tests amidst escalating tensions.
The Untied Nations Security Council has imposed five rounds of sanctions against North Korea since early 2016, reports the New York Times.