In a statement, the North’s foreign ministry said it rejected UN Security Council resolutions against it, the violations of which the US had cited in impounding the vessel, as a violation of its sovereignty.
The Panama-flagged cargo ship, which was carrying coal and had 13 crew members on board, was heading to Samsun from the Russian port of Azov.
The cargo ship sank off the coast of Misrata due to bad weather conditions.
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