The United States has seized one of North Korea’s largest carrier ships for violating sanctions.
In a statement, the Department of Justice said, “The Wise Honest, one of North Korea’s largest bulk carriers, was used to illicitly ship coal from North Korea and to deliver heavy machinery to the DPRK. Payments for maintenance, equipment, and improvements of the Wise Honest were made in U.S. dollars through unwitting U.S. banks. This conduct violates longstanding U.S. law and United Nations Security Council resolutions.”
Department of Justice head of national security division John C. Demers said in a statement, “This sanctions-busting ship is now out of service.”
The news of the seizure comes after the South Korean military announced North Korea had fired two short-range ballistic missiles today. The missile launch occurred just five days after the country’s most recent weapons test.
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