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US seizes North Korean cargo vessel

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 9, 2019
The Wise Honest, one of North Korea’s largest bulk carriers, was allegedly used to illicitly ship coal.
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Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman for the Southern District of New York, Assistant Director John Brown of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division and Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. of the FBI’s New York Field Office announced the filing of a civil forfeiture complaint against M/V Wise Honest, a 17,061-ton, single-hull bulk carrier ship registered in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The Wise Honest, one of North Korea’s largest bulk carriers, was used to illicitly ship coal from North Korea and to deliver heavy machinery to the DPRK.

Payments for maintenance, equipment, and improvements of the Wise Honest were made in U.S. dollars through unwitting U.S. banks. This conduct violates longstanding U.S. law and United Nations Security Council resolutions.


 

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