North Korean tankers (Korut) reportedly re-violate the United Nations sanctions (PBB). This violation is referred to as a third violation in the last few months.
Reports of violations of UN sanctions were submitted by the Japanese authorities, as reported by CNN Thursday (2/15/2010). Japanese authorities released a number of photographs taken from their spy planes as evidence of a violation of the sanctions.
It was mentioned by the Japanese authorities that the photo showed a North Korean-flagged ship named Rye Song Gang 1 anchored near another ship on Tuesday (13 / 2) morning local time. Both ships were detected in waters 250 kilometers east of Shanghai, China
The ship Rye Song Gang 1 is one of eight vessels under UN sanctions, banned at any port in the world.
Japan's Ministry of Defense and Foreign Affairs in its statement said they were "strongly suspect 'that the two ships were involved in the movement of goods over the ocean. The resolution passed by the UN Security Council in September 2017 prohibits any UN member states to facilitate or engage in ship-to-ship displacement activities with any North Korean-flagged vessel.
North Korean ship Rye Song Gang 1 (top) and ship Wan Heng 11 (below) sail apart after Illegal activity Photo: CNN
Japan does not mention any other vessels involved in this illegal activity with North Korea.
But the shipbuilding information database developed by the EU and the French authorities calls the ship a Belize-flagged and named Wan Heng 11. Although flagged Belize, the ship is owned and run by a Hong Kong-based company. The owners and managers of the vessels do sometimes register their ships in other areas to avoid domestic rules.
"I can confirm that the panel has received some information from Japan on this subject, but unfortunately I can not comment further because this is the subject of the investigation which is underway, "said the panel coordinator of experts for North Korea at the UN, Hugh Griffiths.
The comments were made by Griffith to CNN when questioned about photos released by Japan. He is in charge of monitoring and reporting the imposition of UN sanctions for the North.
This is the third moment in recent months when the North Korean-flagged ship, Rye Song Gang 1, has been caught engaged in ship-to-ship transfers in the middle of the ocean. Last month, Japan also released a photo of the same vessel performing a ship-to-ship transfer. The photo was released shortly after Japan's Finance Ministry released a similar photo on October 19, 2017 as well as about the illegal activities of Rye Song Gang 1 in international waters.
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