United States seizes North Korean cargo ship for violating sanctions

North Korea has fired another projectile its second launch in less than a week South Korea says

The U.S. has seized a North Korean shipping freighter for defying economic sanctions while hauling supplies in and out of the Hermit Kingdom, authorities announced Thursday.

The 17,601-ton, single hull bulk carrier ship is one of North Korea's largest carriers, and USA authorities said it was used to illicitly ship coal and deliver heavy machinery to North Korea.

The Justice Department uses civil forfeiture actions when it seeks to confiscate properties belonging to illicit traders like drug traffickers.

In March, the US published new guidelines for the maritime sector based on updated intelligence on tactics being used by North Korea to evade sanctions, which includes turning off vessel location transponders and falsifying ship flags.

The US Justice Department has taken possession of North Korea's second-largest freighter, seized in Indonesia past year for allegedly shipping coal in violation of United Nations sanctions, ratcheting up tensions between the two countries.

"This sanctions-busting ship is now out of service", said John Demers, the head of the Justice Department's National Security Division.

The DoJ has asked a federal judge to transfer ownership of the 17,000-ton Wise Honest - North Korea's second-largest bulk cargo ship - to the United States through civil forfeiture, a controversial legal process that allows authorities to take possession of vehicles and other property involved in felonies like drug smuggling.

North Korea has carried out two weapons test in the space of the past week in what is widely seen as an attempt to increase pressure on the United States over its failure to make concessions. The Trump administration says it has seized a North Korean cargo ship that USA officials say was used to transport coal in violation of worldwide sanctions.

Geoffrey Berman, the USA attorney in NY whose office filed court papers against the ship, said "there's no connection at all" between the missile strikes and the Wise Honest seizure.

According to the complaint, Indonesian maritime authorities intercepted and detained the ship on April 2, 2018.

Three American banks helped to facilitate USA dollar payments for maintenance and equipment for the ship, but Justice officials said the banks did so unwittingly.

Court papers filed in federal court in NY said shipments by the Wise Honest and other North Korean vessels "provide a critical source of revenue for DPRK-based companies and for the North Korean government".

Trump told reporters Thursday that the U.S. But Justice Department officials insist the decision to take possession of the Wise Honest is unrelated to the drills.

Sanctions were placed on Pyongyang for past missile and nuclear provocations.

The Songi Trading Corporation is a subordinate of North Korea's army, the government said.

"Large quantities of coal were exported from North Korea.in violation of United Nations Security Council prohibitions", the 32-page filing said.

The launch is a possible sign that nuclear disarmament talks with the USA could be in danger.

North Korea hasn't actually had control of the ship for more than a year - it was seized in April 2018 by Indonesia.

In the KBS interview, Moon also warned North Korea of the risk of a misunderstanding that could result from its actions.

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