North Korean Vessel Wise Honest Forfeited to U.S. Government

A federal judge in Southern District of New York has issued a judgement for the forfeiture of a North Korean cargo vessel held by the U.S. since May over illicit shipments in violation of U.S. and United Nations sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the U.S. Department of Justice has announced. The vessel at the center of the case is the M/V Wise … [Read more...]

North Korean Fishing Boat’s Crew Rescued After Colliding with Japanese Ship

By Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Japan rescued about 60 North Korean crew members from a fishing boat that sank after it collided with a Japanese patrol boat that was chasing it out of Japanese waters, the Japan Coast Guard said on Monday. All the crew members that abandoned the fishing boat were rescued and handed over to another North Korean ship, the Coast … [Read more...]

U.S. Cracks Down on North Korean Oil Imports With New Sanctions

By Saleha Mohsin (Bloomberg) --The U.S. cracked down on illicit North Korean oil imports, sanctioning a handful of Taiwan- and Hong Kong-based companies for helping Pyongyang evade international restrictions on its petroleum trade. The Treasury Department said in a statement on Friday that North Korea has continued to use ship-to-ship transfers at sea to evade United Nations … [Read more...]

North Korea Says Impounded Ship is “Biggest Issue” in U.S. Ties

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, May 22 (Reuters) - The U.S. seizure of a North Korean cargo ship is the biggest stumbling block to improving bilateral relations, a senior North Korean official said on Wednesday, warning Washington against using the "logic of strength" against Pyongyang. The Trump administration must make a "big decision" on lifting sanctions before stalled … [Read more...]

North Korea Warns U.S. Over Seized Ship at Rare U.N. News Conference

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, May 21 (Reuters) - North Korea stepped up its campaign on Tuesday for the United States to return a seized cargo ship belonging to Pyongyang, warning Washington that it had violated its sovereignty in a move that could affect "future developments" between the countries. North Korea's U.N. Ambassador Kim Song held a rare news conference at … [Read more...]