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North Korean ship used to transport coal is seized over sanctions violation, US announces
Fox News ^ | 05-09-2019 | Katherine Lam

Posted on 05/09/2019 11:28:38 AM PDT by NRx

A North Korean cargo vessel used to transport coal was seized in violation of international sanctions against the rogue regime, the U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday, just hours after the hermit kingdom fired two suspected short-range missiles.

The 17,061-ton vessel, called the Wise Honest, is one of North Korea’s largest bulk carriers used to illicitly ship coal from North Korea and deliver heavy machinery to the Hermit Kingdom, officials said. U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said this is the first time a North Korean cargo ship was seized for violating international sanctions.

“This sanctions-busting ship is now out of service,” Assistant Attorney General Demers said in a news release. “North Korea, and the companies that help it evade U.S. and U.N. sanctions, should know that we will use all tools at our disposal — including a civil forfeiture action such as this one or criminal charges — to enforce the sanctions enacted by the U.S. and the global community.

Berman said Thursday that Kim's regime was evading sanctions by “concealing” Wise Honest’s origin. The ship was used by Korea Songi Shipping Company between November 2016 and April 2018 to export coal from North Korea in exchange for machinery, court documents stated. Those who worked with the company would allegedly then lie about the origin of the vessel and where the coal came from by listing different countries for its nationality in shipping documentation.

“We are willing and able to deploy the full array of law enforcement tools to detect, deter, and prosecute North Korea’s deceptive attempts to evade sanctions,” Berman said.

...The ship is in U.S. custody as of Thursday and heading to American Samoa.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: americanintokyo; coal; hermitkingdom; northkorea; pressure; rememberthepueblo; sanctions; usspueblo; wasteoftaxpayermoney; wisehonest
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1 posted on 05/09/2019 11:28:38 AM PDT by NRx
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To: NRx

Cool!

Strip it down and offer to sell it back to them if they’ll throw in the Pueblo.


2 posted on 05/09/2019 11:31:39 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs
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To: treetopsandroofs

I would have made giving back the Pueblo a prerequisite for any talks.

It would have been a good proxy as to how serious the Norks really were.


3 posted on 05/09/2019 11:32:54 AM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: NRx

Glad to see we’re getting serious about enforcing laws or agreements that are ON THE BOOKS.


4 posted on 05/09/2019 11:34:33 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: NRx

Little confused here...

Hermit Kingdom = North Korea?

Meaning they used the ship to transport coal to themselves???


5 posted on 05/09/2019 11:36:29 AM PDT by Safrguns
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To: Safrguns

Right. The author should go back to the 6th grade and learn how to write clearly.


6 posted on 05/09/2019 11:41:35 AM PDT by GoldenPup
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To: treetopsandroofs
Cool!

No, coal.

7 posted on 05/09/2019 11:44:58 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion
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To: Safrguns

” to export coal from North Korea in exchange for machinery, court documents stated. “


8 posted on 05/09/2019 11:46:14 AM PDT by Innovative
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To: GoldenPup

Right. The author should go back to the 6th grade and learn how to write clearly.

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“from” and “to” are the key words.


9 posted on 05/09/2019 11:52:09 AM PDT by beekay
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To: GoldenPup; Safrguns

“A North Korean cargo vessel used to transport coal was seized in violation of international sanctions against the rogue regime, the U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday, just hours after the hermit kingdom fired two suspected short-range missiles.”

I think she means:

A North Korean cargo vessel used to transport coal in violation of international sanctions against the rogue regime was seized, the U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday.


10 posted on 05/09/2019 11:56:41 AM PDT by VMI70
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To: NRx

Why does this article keep calling North Korea “hermit kingdom,” sometimes capitalized and sometimes not?


11 posted on 05/09/2019 11:58:33 AM PDT by Trump20162020
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To: GoldenPup

An article written by Devlin Barrett, linked below, explains the whole thing clearly and has a picture of the ship...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-seizes-north-korean-coal-ship-accuses-pyongyang-of-violating-sanctions/2019/05/09/8fc50d86-726e-11e9-8be0-ca575670e91c_story.html


12 posted on 05/09/2019 12:10:00 PM PDT by deks
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To: NRx

Insert a USS Pubelo reference here.


13 posted on 05/09/2019 12:11:08 PM PDT by JonPreston
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To: NRx

REMEMBER THE PUEBLO.


14 posted on 05/09/2019 12:27:13 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: NRx

This is such a side show to the real threat to this country. It is a diversion from preempting a nuclear strike on this nation.


15 posted on 05/09/2019 12:29:45 PM PDT by bingoplayer (MAGA)
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To: NRx

I want to recommend that you brace yourself for a direct attack on a US war ship with devastating effect. Kim is a mad man . He is 100% psychopathic. He Killed his two trade negotiators as soon as he got back from Vietnam. It is time to quit with the patty cake on this guy. GET READY.


16 posted on 05/09/2019 12:34:15 PM PDT by bingoplayer (MAGA)
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To: dfwgator
We don't need it back as it would just be scrapped anyway.

Decommission it where it is. One B-2, with some F-22's flying Cap should do it.

The two F4C's should have been allowed to continue in 1968.

17 posted on 05/09/2019 12:58:41 PM PDT by ASA Vet (Make American Intelligence Great Again.)
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To: ASA Vet
We don't need it back as it would just be scrapped anyway.

I agree, but it would at least be a sign if they were really serious or not.

18 posted on 05/09/2019 1:02:10 PM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: dfwgator
My method of decommissioning would be a stronger indication of seriousness.
19 posted on 05/09/2019 2:10:52 PM PDT by ASA Vet (Make American Intelligence Great Again.)
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To: NRx
i've seen a rustbucket or two in my day, but damn...
20 posted on 05/09/2019 3:03:37 PM PDT by Chode ( We’re America, Bitch!)
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