Identity theft: Sanctioned North Korean ship poses as clean tanker
UN report details complex identity swap scheme to evade sanctions using physical modifications and falsified documents
The sanctioned North Korean vessel Subblic has occasionally assumed the identity of a clean ship, in a sophisticated identity swap scheme that made it possible to more easily engage in illegal activities, a draft of a forthcoming U.N. Panel of Experts (PoE) report seen by NK Pro shows.
The clean ship, the Hai Zhou 168, underwent major exterior modifications that appear to have allowed it to fraudulently obtain a new International Maritime Organization (IMO) registration number, leaving its original identity for the Subblic to use, the report says.
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