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N. Korea demands release of cargo ship seized by US

IANS  |  Seoul 

on Tuesday demanded that the US should release a cargo ship seized on suspicions of violating UN sanctions, denouncing the seizure as an "outright denial" of the spirit of last year's first summit between leader and American

"The latest US act constitutes an extension of the American method of calculation for bringing to its knees by means of 'maximum pressure' and an outright denial of the underlying spirit of the June 12 Joint Statement that has committed to establish new bilateral relations," quoted a for the as saying.

"The US should ponder over the consequences its heinous act might have on the future developments and immediately return our ship," the said in a statement carried by the North's official

The North also said that the time when the "US held sway over the world at its own free will is gone long ago, and it would be a biggest miscalculation if the US thought that is among the where the American-style logic of 'strength might work for'.

"We will carefully watch every move of the US hereafter," the statement said.

The said last week that the 17,061-tonne Wise Honest, one of the North's largest bulk carriers, was intercepted by Indonesian authorities last year after being loaded with coal in Nampo, North Korea, in violation of sanctions on the regime.

The ship is currently in US possession.

The department said the North was found to be concealing the origin of the Wise Honest to export tonnes of high-grade coal to foreign buyers and to the North.

North Korea is under multiple global sanctions for its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, including a ban on exports of coal.

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First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 13:58 IST
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