South Korea Seized a Ship Over Illegal Oil Transfer to North Korea


South Korea has said that it seised a ship last November which the country has suspected to be delivering oil to North Korea. It said that the said delivery is breaking international sanctions.

The vessel is called the Lighthouse Winmore and is Hong Kong-registered. It was stopped as officials said that it transferred 600 tonnes of oil to a ship from North Korea.

Officials said that the ship entered the Yeosu port in South Korea on the 11th of October, where it was loaded with oil that is destined for Taiwan.

However, officials from South Korea said that the oil was handed to a North Korean ship on the 19th of October. The said ship was later seised when it made its return to Yeosu.

Donald Trump, the President of the United States, has accused China of being involved in related deals, saying on a tweet: “There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen.”

Trump’s allegation was refuted by China.

The UN Security Council has imposed tough sanctions on North Korea in an attempt to deter the country from building up its nuclear capabilities. One of the measures will cut the imports of North Korea of petrol by as much as 90 percent.

North Korea has said that the most recent set of sanctions, which were promoted by the United States, is an “act of war.”

North Korea said in a statement regarding the sanctions: “The United States, completely terrified at our accomplishment of the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force, is getting more and more frenzied in the moves to impose the harshest-ever sanctions and pressure on our country.”

The US motion was supported by all of the members of the UN Security Council.