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N Korea seeks UN mediation in seizure of vessel by US

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Seoul: North Korea in a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has complained about the
Seoul: North Korea in a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has complained about the “illegal and outrageous” seizure of one of its cargo ships by the US, the media reported on Saturday.
Kim Song, North Korean representative to the UN, wrote the letter to Guterres seeking “urgent” mediation.
Pyongyang described the seizure of the freighter Wise Honest as “unlawful, outrageous and sovereignty-infringing” act, which indicated that the US was “indeed a gangster country”, according to the state-controlled Korean Central News Agency.
The US Justice Department said on May 9 it captured the 17,061-tonne vessel, suspected of transferring coal and machinery in violation of sanctions, in the first such direct seizure by American authorities.

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