The United States has seized a North Korean cargo ship that’s suspected of being an integral part of the North’s alleged sanctions violations.
The ship, called the Wise Honest, hauled coal from North Korea that was sold in other countries, including China.
The United States and United Nations say illicit coal sales help fund North Korea’s nuclear weapons programs. The ship’s seizure will only raise already heightened tensions between the two countries.
US efforts to get the North to drop its nuclear program have stalled, and in less than a week North Korea launched two short-range missiles.