Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

South Korea Seizes Ship Suspected Of Transferring Oil To North Korea

South Korea Seizes Ship Suspected Of Transferring Oil To North Korea

Prosecutors in Taiwan are questioning a fishing executive for allegedly arranging a high-seas oil transfer from a chartered tanker to a North Korean vessel in violation of United Nations sanctions.

This week, prosecutors in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, questioned a local trader suspected of providing inaccurate paperwork when the oil tanker docked at the port city.

The Kaohsiung-based company had leased a freighter for the cargo, and the freighter is believed to have sent oil to vessels bound for North Korea, the statement said.

The prosecutor's office added that Chen, who is out on bail, knew the freighter was selling oil on the open seas instead of going to Hong Kong, the Washington Times reported.

This picture taken on Dec. 21, 2017 and released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on December 22, 2017, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivering his speech during the opening of the 5th Conference of Cell Chairpersons of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) in Pyongyang.

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Although Taiwan is not a United Nations member, it fell in line with the worldwide community by banning trade with North Korea last September.

The new measures come after the UN Security Council last month unanimously approved new punitive measures, punishing North Korea for its intercontinental ballistic missile test launch on November 29. On October 15, she got under way for Taiwan.

"If it is confirmed through investigation there are violations of Security Council resolutions, China will deal seriously with them in accordance with laws and regulations", Geng Shuang, a spokesman for China's foreign ministry, said today, as quoted by the AP. President Donald Trump accused China of being caught "red-handed" undermining sanctions, an accusation the Chinese vehemently denied.

If the allegations against the shipping company are proved, it is likely to uncover the magnitude of the undercover deals that is helping Pyongyang beat the sanctions imposed on it by global bodies, the LA Times reported.

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