U.S. Accuses North Korea of Ship-to-Ship Oil Transfers in Breach of U.N. Sanctions, Documents Show

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, July 12 (Reuters) - The United States accused North Korea on Thursday of breaching a U.N. sanctions cap on refined petroleum by making illicit transfers between ships at sea, according to a document seen by Reuters, and demanded an immediate end to all sales of the fuel. The United States submitted the complaint to the U.N. Security … [Read more...]

North and South Korea Reopen Maritime Communication Channel

SEOUL, July 1 (Reuters) - North and South Korea reopened a maritime communication channel on Sunday, with vessels from the two countries making radio contact for the first time in a decade, South Korea's Defence Ministry said in a statement. A North Korean patrol boat responded immediately when the South Korean Navy contacted it via an international radio channel at 9 a.m. … [Read more...]

Tiny Japan Shipping Shares Jump On North Korea Detente Hopes

by Yoshiyuki Osada (Reuters) - Shares of small Japanese shippers jumped this week after the historic summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sparked hopes of news business ties with the reclusive country. Japanese retail investors are snatching up shares of the firms that may benefit from a potential thaw between Tokyo and Pyongyang, … [Read more...]

Japan Says Suspected Chinese Ship Spotted Breaking North Korea Sanctions

TOKYO, May 29 (Reuters) - Japan on Tuesday said it had detected what appeared to be a Chinese-flagged vessel, 350 km (218 miles) off Shanghai, conducting illegal transfers to a North Korean ship. "Following a comprehensive assessment, the government of Japan strongly suspects that they conducted ship-to-ship transfers banned by UNSCR," Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs … [Read more...]

Australia And Canada To Monitor North Korean Ships

By Alison Bevege SYDNEY, April 28 (Reuters) - Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Saturday the country will send a military patrol aircraft to monitor North Korean vessels suspected of transferring prohibited goods in defiance of United Nations sanctions. Canada also plans to deploy patrol aircraft for such activities, and surveillance planes from both … [Read more...]