Belize-registered tanker caught allegedly violating U.N. sanctions

By on February 16, 2018
Japan Times photo

Japan Times photo

San Ignacio, CAYO. Friday, February 16, 2018. A tanker from North Korea that is flying Belize’s “flag of convenience” has been reported to the United Nations Security Council for violating U.N. sanctions.

Japan reported the incident on Tuesday after its military observed that the Japanese government says was the apparent transfer of cargo from the Belize-registered tanker, the Wan Heng 11,  to one belonging to North Korea.

The incident was reported to have happened in the East China Sea.

The complaint to the U.N. Security Council says that “following a comprehensive assessment, the Government of Japan strongly suspects that they conducted ship-to-ship transfers banned” by U.N. Security Council resolutions.

According to an online report, Tokyo said it had reported the incident to the Security Council and shared related information with relevant countries.

The online report said that the U.N. has imposed a series of sanctions on North Korea aimed at pressuring it to abandon its missile and nuclear programs.


EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is based on the online report by the Japan Times:

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