North Korea Warns US Over Seizure of Wise Honest
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North Korea Warns US Over Seizure of Wise Honest

By IndraStra Global News Team

Image Attribute: Wise Honest (IMO:  8905490/MMSI:  445582000) / Source: Sergei Skriabin (MarinrTarffic.com)

Image Attribute: Wise Honest (IMO:8905490/MMSI:445582000)
Source:Sergei Skriabin (MarineTarffic.com)

On Mat 21, 2019, North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations Kim Song held a rare news conference to warn the United States that its "outrageous seizure" of a North Korean bulk cargo ship could imperil any future US-North Korean talks. He reiterated a demand for the immediate return of the vessel.

Earlier on May 11, 2019, the Wise Honest (IMO:8905490/MMSI:445582000), a North Korean bulker seized by the US, arrived under tow in American Samoa from Indonesia. It had originally been detained by Indonesian authorities 13 months over an illegal coal shipment. Just two days ago (on May 9), the US Justice Department revealed American authorities have now taken control of the ship and it is headed for American Samoa.

The  30-year-old, 27,881 dwt bulk carrier, which European shipping database Equasis lists as owned by Korea Songi Shipping, accused of illicit coal shipments. The ship, accused of violating international sanctions against Pyongyang, is now undergoing inspections at the port of Pago Pago. Upon the conclusion of the investigation, the ship will be moved to an as yet undisclosed destination.

Image Attribute: North Korea's UN ambassador Kim Song speaks to reporters at the world body's headquarters in New York / Date: May 21, 2019,/ Source:  Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Image Attribute: North Korea's UN ambassador Kim Song speaks to reporters at the world body's headquarters in New York / Date: May 21, 2019,/ Source: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

During the press conference, the ambassador told reporters that the seizure of the ship was the "product of the extremely hostile policy of the United States against the DPRK." He accused the US of violating international law and the United Nations Convention on Jurisdictional Immunities of States and Their Property (2004).