China investigates possible UN offenses related to North Korea sanctions

China is deeply concerned about reports that a country ship is transferring goods to a North Korean ship on the high seas, a move that violates UN sanctions on North Korea. China's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that the country's authorities are conducting an investigation.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang said his country would seriously handle individuals or Chinese companies that are known to be involved in the incident reported Japan earlier this week.

He further said the punishment of those involved would be imposed on the basis of strong evidence and in accordance with Chinese laws and regulations.

The Japanese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday (20/2) a maritime watchdog and a escort ship found a North Korean flagship tanker, identified as Yu Jong 2, was next to a small ship last Friday some 250 kilometers from Shanghai in the East China Sea.

See also: Japan Tuding China Transfer Cargo to North Korea

The country of origin of the ship was unknown, but the cementer ian says, the words "Min Ning De You 078" in Chinese are written on the ship's bow, which means oil ship from Ningde city, Fujian province, China.

The ministry has reported the suspicious transfers to the UN Security Council. This is the third such incident reported by Tokyo this year. [ab/lt]

Taiwan Investigates A Man Related Illegal Oil Sales to North Korea

Prosecutors in Taiwan say they are investigating a man suspected of involvement in illegal sale of oil to North Korea.

In a statement late Wednesday, prosecutors said they interrogated a man named Chen's family before releasing him guarantees 51 thousand dollars while their investigation continues.

The prosecutor's office in Kaohsiung began its investigation after a report last week that South Korean authorities confiscated a Hong Kong-flagged vessel for violating UN sanctions by selling oil to North Korea and that a Taiwanese companies were involved

In the interrogation, they found that the man, who owns a fishing company, knew the oil would be sold in international waters, but lied that the ship's destination was Hong Kong.

South Korean officials believe Lighthouse Winmore vessels are moving about 600 tonnes of p the oil bundle that had been refined to a North Korean ship, Sam Jong 2 in the East China Sea in October.

South Korea seized the ship after new UN Security Council sanctions against North Korea took effect last month, member states seize, inspect and freeze the operation of ships suspected of delivering illicit goods to the country. [uh]

Pakistani government investigates Sikh case forced to enter Islam

Pakistani authorities will investigate allegations that members of the Sikh minority are forced into Islam in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, northwest Pakistan.

Sikh community in Hangu district last week filed a lawsuit accusing government officials forcing them to convert to Islam.

Provincial government reportedly fired Tehsil Tall Yaqoob Khan, assistant commissioner of Hangu, suspected of involvement in the case.

The government insists on a high-level investigation is being done and action has been taken to prevent such incidents in the future.

Sikhs are a small minority of religions in Pakistan. According to government statistics in 2012, about 7,000 Sikhs are recorded in Pakistan, mainly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, including semi-autonomous tribal areas bordering Afghanistan. [ka]