South Korean ship held for allegedly giving oil to the North


SEOUL: A South Korean ship is being held at a domestic port over suspicions that it illegally provided oil to heavily sanctioned North Korea, Seoul officials said.

A South Korean coast guard official said yesterday that the 5,160-tonne P-Pioneer had been prevented from leaving Busan port since October last year over allegations that it was used to supply oil to North Korea through two ship-to-ship transfers in September 2017 in international waters in the East China Sea.

He said the ship transferred diesel, but did not confirm how much was supplied.

An official from Seoul’s Foreign Ministry said it was the first time a South Korean ship was detained over allegations of violating United Nations Security Council Sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear weapons programme. — AP