SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korean authorities have seized a Panama-flagged oil tanker suspected of evading international sanctions by trading with North Korea, officials said Sunday.
An official from South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said the 5,100-ton KOTI and its crew members were being held at Pyeongtaek-Dangjin port on the country’s west coast amid an inspection over supposed “North Korea-related” activity. The official didn’t elaborate on the specifics of the activities or when and where they allegedly took place. She spoke on condition of anonymity, citing office rules.
An official from the Pyeongtaek Regional Office of Oceans and Fisheries, who also requested anonymity, confirmed that the vessel had been disallowed from leaving the port since Dec. 21.