North Korea calls coal ship seizure a ‘robbery,’ says it betrays spirit of US summit agreement

May 14, 2019

Fox News – North Korea on Tuesday demanded the U.S. return a cargo ship that was seized in violation of international sanctions against the rogue regime, calling it a “robbery.”

An unnamed North Korea foreign ministry spokesman accused the U.S. of betraying the spirit of last year’s summit agreement between President Trump and Kim Jong Un, according to the country’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

During their first meeting, Trump and Kim agreed to a vague statement calling for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and improved ties. A second meeting between the two leaders collapsed in February over demands about sanctions relief and nuclear disbarment.

The 17,061-ton vessel, called the Wise Honest, is one of North Korea’s largest bulk carriers used to illicitly ship coal from North Korea and deliver heavy machinery to the country, officials said. U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said this is the first time a North Korean cargo ship was seized for violating international sanctions.

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