N.Korea says ship seizure by US violates spirit of Trump-Kim summit

An undated surveillance image provided in a US Department of Justice complaint for forfeiture shows what is described as the North Korean vessel Wise Honest being loaded with coal in Nampo. (Reuters)

North Korea said on Tuesday the seizure of one of its cargo ships by the United States was an illegal act that violated the spirit of a summit pact between the two countries' leaders, and demanded the return of the vessel.

In a statement, the North's foreign ministry said it rejected UN Security Council resolutions against it, which the United States cited in impounding the vessel, as a violation of its sovereignty.

The US Justice Department last week said it had seized a North Korean cargo ship that it accused of illicit coal shipments in violations of sanctions after it was first detained by Indonesia.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:59 - GMT 06:59