Philippines impounds North Korean cargo ship, Pyongyang vows retaliation (+ video)

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North Korea vessel MV Jin TengThe Philippines after impounding a North Korean cargo vessel docking in Subic Bay northwest of Manila could literally come under fire from the secluded regime after Pyongyang threatened to “annihilate the enemy” and the “followers of the US imperialists.”

The Philippine coast guard inspected the North Korean cargo ship MV Jin Teng, which is, by the way, registered in Sierra Leone, on March 4 in one of the first such checks since the UN Security Council imposed the toughest sanctions in two decades on Pyongyang over the latter’s nuclear programme.

The sanctions, aimed at starving North Korea of money and supply for its nuclear weapons, impose inspections on all cargo going to and from North Korea and particularly bans the export of aviation fuel, including rocket fuel, to North Korea. In addition, Pyongyang’s trade representatives in Syria, Iran and Vietnam were among 16 individuals added to a UN blacklist, along with 12 North Korean companies.

However, the Philippine coast guard, which was accompanied by explosives sniffer dogs, did not find any suspicious materials. The ship, which sailed from Balembang, Indonesia, to Subic, was loaded with palm kernel expeller, a by-product of the crushing and expelling of oil from palm kernel, a substance rich in proteins normally used as cattle feed.

The cargo has been unloaded and the vessel impounded, Philippine authorities said, adding that the 21 North Korean crew members will likely be deported.

North Korea’s official news agency Korean Central News Agency, or KCNA, criticised the sanctions in harsh words, referring to North Korea by its official name, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK.

“The US imperialists and their followers’ flagrant moves for political and economic pressure and military aggression on the DPRK have gone to a grave phase that can no longer be overlooked,” is said in a message posted on Uriminzokkiri.com, a state-controlled web portal that provides KCNA news.

The message carried on saying that “all the people in the DPRK are now waiting for an order of combat to annihilate the enemy with their surging wrath at the US imperialists… The situation has reached a very dangerous phase that can no longer be neglected as the enemies are… working hard to violate the dignity and sovereignty of the DPRK and its right to existence. Now is the time for us to convert our mode of military counteraction toward the enemies into an preemptive attack one in every aspect.”

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The Philippines after impounding a North Korean cargo vessel docking in Subic Bay northwest of Manila could literally come under fire from the secluded regime after Pyongyang threatened to “annihilate the enemy” and the “followers of the US imperialists.”

Reading Time: 2 minutes

North Korea vessel MV Jin TengThe Philippines after impounding a North Korean cargo vessel docking in Subic Bay northwest of Manila could literally come under fire from the secluded regime after Pyongyang threatened to “annihilate the enemy” and the “followers of the US imperialists.”

The Philippine coast guard inspected the North Korean cargo ship MV Jin Teng, which is, by the way, registered in Sierra Leone, on March 4 in one of the first such checks since the UN Security Council imposed the toughest sanctions in two decades on Pyongyang over the latter’s nuclear programme.

The sanctions, aimed at starving North Korea of money and supply for its nuclear weapons, impose inspections on all cargo going to and from North Korea and particularly bans the export of aviation fuel, including rocket fuel, to North Korea. In addition, Pyongyang’s trade representatives in Syria, Iran and Vietnam were among 16 individuals added to a UN blacklist, along with 12 North Korean companies.

However, the Philippine coast guard, which was accompanied by explosives sniffer dogs, did not find any suspicious materials. The ship, which sailed from Balembang, Indonesia, to Subic, was loaded with palm kernel expeller, a by-product of the crushing and expelling of oil from palm kernel, a substance rich in proteins normally used as cattle feed.

The cargo has been unloaded and the vessel impounded, Philippine authorities said, adding that the 21 North Korean crew members will likely be deported.

North Korea’s official news agency Korean Central News Agency, or KCNA, criticised the sanctions in harsh words, referring to North Korea by its official name, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK.

“The US imperialists and their followers’ flagrant moves for political and economic pressure and military aggression on the DPRK have gone to a grave phase that can no longer be overlooked,” is said in a message posted on Uriminzokkiri.com, a state-controlled web portal that provides KCNA news.

The message carried on saying that “all the people in the DPRK are now waiting for an order of combat to annihilate the enemy with their surging wrath at the US imperialists… The situation has reached a very dangerous phase that can no longer be neglected as the enemies are… working hard to violate the dignity and sovereignty of the DPRK and its right to existence. Now is the time for us to convert our mode of military counteraction toward the enemies into an preemptive attack one in every aspect.”

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