North Korea seeks UN chief Guterres to deal with ‘illegal’ ship seizure by ‘gangster’ US

increasing differences between US and North Korea

Seoul, May 18: North Korea has on Saturday asked the United Nation’s secretary-general Antonio Guterres to deal with the illegal seizure of one of the Korean cargo vessels by the United States.

The state-run KCNA media reported that, in a letter sent to UN chief on Friday, the North Korean envoy to the UN said, “This act of dispossession has clearly indicated that the United States is indeed a gangster country that does not care at all about international laws.”

According to Reuters news reports, Pyongyang’s protest to the UN on its vessel’s seizure by the US comes amid heightened tensions between Pyongyang and Washington since the second summit between US President Donald Trump and his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un ended abruptly without reaching any nuclear deal over the large differences.

Trump focused over Kim’s last year commitment of full and complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, whereas Kim stressed over the US sanctions relief.

The letter called for “urgent measure” by the UN and also claimed the US infringed the Pyongyang’s sovereignty and hence violated UN charters.

The US justice department has stated North Korean cargo vessel which known as the “Wise Honest” got captured and impounded to US Samoa. The ship was accused of illicit coal shipments which violate sanctions and was first seized in April 2008 in Indonesia.

 

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