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Maldives Denies Breaching U.N. Sanctions on North Korea

Bharatha Mallawarchi Friday, March 2, 2018

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Maldives government on Thursday disputed claims by the Japanese foreign ministry that a Maldivian-flagged ship transferred goods to a North Korean-flagged tanker at sea in violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution.

A Japanese foreign ministry statement said a Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force aircraft last week spotted a North Korean-flagged tanker alongside Xin Yuan 18, a Maldivian-flagged tanker, in the East China Sea. The statement on Tuesday said Japan "strongly suspects that they conducted ship-to-ship transfers banned by UNSCR." ...

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