Cambodia seizes oil tanker tied to North Korea sanctions evasion

Cambodian authorities over the weekend took an oil tanker with ties to illicit North Korean ship-to-ship transfers into custody, a statement from the country’s General Commissariat of Police said Sunday.

The ship, named in the statement as the Courageous (IMO number 8617524), carried a crew of 16, and is currently being detained pending further investigation by local legal authorities.

It reportedly departed Kaohsiung in Taiwan on February 15, the statement said, before anchoring in Cambodian waters eleven days later. Police were then reported to have “cracked down” on the ship on February 27, before seizing it on Sunday and bringing it to the port of Sihanoukville.

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