We don’t know what to make between Donald and Kim’s friendship – first the Hanoi summit finished early and abruptly (without a deal), and then North Korea said they wanted Pompeo off the negotiations, then Kim tested a few short range missiles, while Trump said he ‘still believed in Kim’, and then Kim went to meet Putin, and then Kim again tested a few more missiles, and then yesterday Kim lost a ship.
In a first of its kind move, the United States has seized a North Korean cargo ship accusing it accused of illicit coal shipments in violation of U.S. and United Nations sanctions.
The ship, known as the “Wise Honest,” was first detained by Indonesia in April 2018. Under an unusual U.S. civil forfeiture action, the vessel is now in the possession of the United States and is currently approaching U.S. territorial waters heading toward American Samoa, U.S. Justice Department officials said.
The announcement comes after North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range missiles on Thursday, its second such test in less than a week and an apparent protest by leader Kim Jong Un after U.S. President Donald Trump rejected his calls for sanctions relief at a summit in February.
The United States filed its seizure warrant for the ship under seal in July 2018, but department officials said the timing of its unsealing on Thursday was unrelated to the missile launches. The North Korean mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment.