Saudi Arabia Stresses It Has Made Important Steps to Enhance Food Security, Growth    Saudi Stock Exchange Main Index Ends Trading Lower at 12,427.96 Points    Jeddah Season Introduces Activities of "Japanese Anime Village", First of its Kind in the World    Jeddah Season 2022 is Official Sponsor of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup Final    OIC Secretary General on Official Visit to Washington to Meet Senior Officials of US State Department    GDNC Director General, Romanian Police General Inspector Discuss Means to Enhance Cooperation in Combating Cross-border Narcotics Crimes    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Congratulates President of the Republic of Cameroon on National Day    Japan Posts Trade Deficit of 839.2 Billion Yen in April    Asian Shares Fall    Saudi Deputy Minister of Defense Meets with US Secretary of Defense in Washington    Over 6-month validity of passport required for travel of Saudis to non-Arab countries    Prince Faisal, Lamamra review historical ties; discuss enhancing joint cooperation    Saudi Tourism Authority Signs Over 90 Agreements and MoU in Dubai ATM 2022    Algerian Foreign Minister Receives Saudi Foreign Minister    Ma'aden participates in global HSE conference in Oman as strategic sponsor    TGA president reviews most prominent railway projects at Middle East Rail 2022 UAE    President of SAFF Participates in AFC General Assembly Meeting    36 films compete for 12 awards at Saudi Film Festival    Senegalese show support to Idrissa Gueye after homophobia accusations    Riyadh's deputy governor offers condolences on death of Sheikh Khalifa    Thailand's ready to contribute to Saudi Arabia's food security Thailand Halal Food Festival 2022 an in-store promotional activity across LuLu Saudi Hypermarkets    Finland and Sweden submit formal bids to join NATO    Royal approval issued to hold international Qur'an writing competition    Rescuing global goals, world's highest common priority – UN chief    Human rights must be at heart of solution to Sri Lanka crisis: UN coordinator    'Khawlani beans' successfully planted in Riyadh    Prince Khalid, Sullivan discuss ways to strengthen joint cooperation between KSA and US    Saudi Arabia bags two gold medals, 2 silvers in GCC Games    Saudi Athletes Achieve Great Victories in the 2nd Day of the GCC Games Tournament in Kuwait    Kay Mellor: Actress and Fat Friends creator dies aged 71    How cricket-crazy India scripted world badminton glory    Abdulghani clinches first gold for Saudi Arabia in Gulf Games    Jazan Hosts West Asian Beach Soccer Championship    Gulf Health Council: Large sunglasses give better UVA protection    Saudi citizen turns attention to sports after retirement    Over 250 Saudi Female and Male Players to Participate in Kuwait 3rd GCC Games on Friday    Bollywood actor's tweet reignited debate over Hindi as India's national language    SFDA Advises to Wash Dates Well Before Eating    SFDA Advises Against Mixing Surplus of Iftar and Suhoor with Different Foods or Surplus from Other Days    Ministry calls on imams to avoid long supplications in Tahajjud Prayer    Nothing wrong with a Muslim celebrating birthdays, says Saudi scholar    Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt: Bollywood wishes for star couple on wedding    SFDA Warns Against Microbes Accumulation on Coffee when Stored Incorrectly    SFDA: Over-roasting or roasting is not an indication of the level of food and may cause harm to human health    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques addresses citizens and all Muslims on the occasion of the Holy month of Ramadan    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers at Arafat Holy Site    Council of Senior Scholars: Muslim Brothers' Group Don't Represent Method of Islam, rather only Follows its Partisan Objectives, Violating our Graceful Religion    Eid Al-Adha Prayer Performed at the Grand Holy Mosque    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.



India detains North Korean cargo ship
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 09 - 08 - 2009

India's coast guard detained a “suspicious” North Korean cargo ship after a six-hour chase off the country's southeastern coast, a coast guard official said Saturday, but a preliminary search of the vessel revealed it was carrying sugar and not illicit cargo.
The MV Mu San was pursued by coast guards who opened fire above the vessel after it attempted to flee from an island in the Andaman and Nicobar group where it had dropped anchor without permission Wednesday, said Cmdr. Vijay Singh, a spokesman for the Indian coast guard.
Indian army, navy and intelligence officials had begun “initial investigations,” including inspecting the ship which was said to be carrying 16,5000 tonnes of sugar, the official added, without elaborating.
Meanwhile, a senior Coast Guard Officer K.R. Nautiyal told the Times of India newspaper “several things were amiss” about the North Korean vessel.
“She shouldn't have dropped anchor here in the first place. She did not respond to our signals and her logbook was found to be vague,” he said in the report published Saturday. The incident comes in the wake of a United Nations resolution passed in June that allows other countries to request boarding and inspection of North Korean ships suspected of transporting illicit cargo - though the vessels do not have to give permission. The resolution was passed to punish North Korea for its recent nuclear and missile tests.
The ship was escorted to Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar islands, and Indian officials were questioning the 39 North Koreans on board, Singh told The Associated Press by phone.
The vessel picked up its cargo at a port in Thailand, and was also thought to have made a stop in Singapore.
“What also made us suspicious was that their passports were not stamped in Singapore and they were not very clear about their destination,” he said.
North Korean ships have in the past been accused of clandestinely ferrying nuclear materials, missile parts and arms to trouble spots across the world. The US Navy tracked a North Korean cargo vessel, the Kang Nam 1, in June. The ship, which was believed destined for Myanmar, suddenly turned back on June 28. North Korea is believed to earn money from selling missile technology and weapons.
The detention of the North Korean ship comes days after a news report, quoting Myanmar defectors, said Pyongyang was helping fellow pariah state Myanmar build a secret nuclear reactor and plutonium extraction plant for an atomic bomb.


Clic here to read the story from its source.