South Korean authorities have seized a Panama-flagged vessel suspected of transferring oil merchandise to North Korea in violation of worldwide sanctions, a customs official mentioned Sunday.
The KOTI was seized at Pyeongtaek-Dangjin port, the official mentioned with out elaborating, as a result of sensitivity of the problem. The port is on the west coast south of Incheon.
The ship can carry 5,100 tons of oil and has a crew largely from China and Myanmar, it was reported, including that South Korea’s intelligence and customs officers are conducting a joint probe into the vessel.
The official didn’t say when authorities moved in, however the seizure was the second to be revealed inside only a few days.
South Korea mentioned Friday that in late November it had seized the Hong Kong-flagged Lighthouse Winmore, which is suspected of transferring as a lot as 600 tons of oil to the North Korea-flagged Sam Jong 2.
The U.N. Security Council final month unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea for a current intercontinental ballistic missile take a look at, looking for to restrict its entry to subtle petroleum merchandise and crude oil.
The United States has additionally proposed that the United Nations Security Council blacklist 10 ships for transporting banned objects from North Korea, based on paperwork seen on Tuesday.
The Lighthouse Winmore is without doubt one of the 10 ships proposed to be blacklisted. The KOTI doesn’t appear to be included on the listing.
China on Friday denied stories it had been illicitly promoting oil merchandise to North Korea in defiance of U.N. sanctions, after U.S. President Donald Trump mentioned he was sad that China had allowed oil to succeed in the remoted nation.
Source: Japan Times