Russian Federation denies North Korea sanctions breach claims

Russian Federation denies North Korea sanctions breach claims

Russian Federation denies North Korea sanctions breach claims

South Korean officials are holding the 5100-tonne, Panama flagged tanker called KOTI in Pyeongtaek-Dangjin after deciding not to let release the vessel on December 21 to investigate further.

Authorities are now investigating the matter and won't disclose further details, Yonhap reported, adding the ship's crew was mostly made up of citizens from China and Myanmar, just like the Hong Kong-flagged tanker Lighthouse Winmore that was seized on Friday.

A Panama-flagged tanker named Koti, has been seized by South Korean authorities who suspect that the ship may have supplied oil to its neighbours, North Korea in violation of worldwide sanction.

While UN measures limit the amount of refined and crude oil member states can send to the DPRK, the September resolution also bans member states from transferring cargos at sea.

Earlier this month, the USA requested the U.N. Security Council to deny access to ports worldwide to 10 ships suspected of violating trade sanctions on North Korea.

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The Lighthouse Winmore, which was chartered by a Taiwanese company, was impounded by South Korean customs authorities at the port of Yeosu on Nov 24 following an inspection.

The South Korean Foreign Ministry said the vessel departed the port of Yeosu in South Korea on October 19 carrying refined oil that was then transferred to a North Korean ship in global waters. Another oil tanker was seized in South Korea for providing oil to North Korea, breaching United Nations sanctions.

About a week ago, a ban on almost 90 percent of refined petroleum exports to North Korea was imposed by the United Nations- a decision imposed on Pyongyang to stop it from furthering its nuclear programme.

The Hong Kong government said in a statement Friday it had noted media reports that the Lighthouse Winmore had been seized. The KOTI does not appear to be on the list. He could not clarify whether they belonged to mainland China or Hong Kong.

Last week the UN Security Council unanimously adopted new sanctions on North Korea in response to Pyongyang's November 29 ballistic missile test, seeking to further strangle its energy supplies and tighten restrictions on smuggling and the use of North Korean workers overseas.

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