Ship Seized, Accused of Transferring Oil To North Korea

On the heels of reports Chinese ships were transferring oil to North Korean vessels in violation of UN sanctions, South Korea has announced it seized a ship suspected of doing just that last month, the BBC reports. South Korean officials say the Lighthouse Winmore picked up oil supposedly bound for Taiwan on Oct. 11 at a South Korean port before transferring 600 tons of it to a North Korean ship days later in international waters. 

The Lighthouse Winmore was seized when it returned to South Korea in November. According to the New York Times, the registered owner of the vessel is Hong Kong's Win More Shipping, whose only listed director lives in China. The Lighthouse Winmore's 25-person crew—almost entirely Chinese citizens—will be free to leave South Korea following an investigation, South Korean officials say.

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