Philippines seizes North Korean ship due to UN sanctions

Philippines seizes North Korean ship due to tightened sanctions imposed by UN Security Council against North Korea

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

North Korean freighter Jin Teng is seen in Subic Bay in this handout photo from the Philippines Coast Guard on March 3, 2016.

The Philippines said on Saturday it had seized a North Korean freighter due to the United Nations’ sanctions against Pyongyang over its nuclear programme.

Philippines will also deport the freighter’s 21 man crew and a UN team will be on site to supervise, Pacific nation’s foreign ministry spokesman Charles Jose said in a text message.

"In compliance with the United Nations resolution, the North Korean ship in Subic will be impounded and not allowed to leave port," he said.

The 6,830 deadweight tonne (dwt) cargo ship Jin Teng was one of the first sanctioned North Korean ships to enter a foreign port since the tightened sanctions were authorised by the UN Security Council on Wednesday. In total, 31 North Korean ships are on the list along with Jin Teng.

"The world is concerned over North Korea's nuclear weapons programme and as a member of the UN, the Philippines has to do its part to enforce the sanctions," said Manolo Quezon, deputy presidential spokesman told reporters.

On Friday, Philippine Coast Guard banned the ship from leaving the port due to ‘’safety deficiencies discovered during a supervision."

The UN resolution says 31 North Korean ships are economic resources controlled or operated by Ocean Maritime Management and therefore subject to the asset freeze.

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