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North Korea asks UN chief to address seizure of coal shipment by US

Coal News - Published on Tue, 21 May 2019

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Reuters reported that North Korea has asked United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to deal with the "illegal" seizure of one of its cargo ships carrying coal by the United States. The North Korean ambassador to the United Nations said in a letter sent to Guterres dated, according to North Korea's KCNA news agency "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."

Pyongyang's protest to the United Nations over the seizure comes amid mounting tensions since a second summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Mr Donald Trump, aimed at bringing about the denuclearisation of the North, broke down in Hanoi in February.

The letter also called for "urgent measures" by Guterres and claimed that Washington infringed the North's sovereignty and violated UN charters.

With the denuclearisation talks stalled, North Korea went ahead with more weapons tests this month. The tests were seen as a protest by Kim after Trump rejected his calls for sanctions relief at the Hanoi summit. North Korea said the ship seizure violated the spirit of the summit and demanded the return of the vessel without delay.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 21 May 2019
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