May 9, 2019 / 4:30 PM / 10 days ago

U.S. has seized N.Korean coal vessel that was accused of violating sanctions

WASHINGTON, May 9 (Reuters) - In an unusual civil forfeiture action, the Justice Department announced on Thursday it has seized a major cargo vessel belonging to North Korea known as “Wise Honest”, which officials allege violated sanctions by illicitly shipping coal from North Korea.

The ship, which was first confiscated by other foreign maritime authorities in April 2018, is now in the possession of the United States and is currently approaching U.S. territorial waters, a Justice Department official said.

Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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