September 23, 2020

Wise Honest handed over to U.S. authorities in new judgment of forfeiture: DOJ

Treasury Department ordered by court to dispose of the sanctions-evading ship

A federal court issued a judgment of forfeiture on Monday evening in New York against the Wise Honest, a notorious North Korean-flagged ship that had evaded U.S. and UN coal sanctions in the DPRK, according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The ship, which had been caught trafficking thousands of tons of North Korean coal worth millions of dollars in exchange for heavy machinery, was the first DPRK cargo vessel to be seized for international sanctions violations.