North Korea demands return of cargo ship seized by US

Relations have cooled since Kim Jong Un and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in held their first meeting

North Korea has demanded the immediate return of a cargo ship seized by the United States, branding the move an "unlawful robbery".

"The latest U.S. act constitutes an extension of the American method of calculation for bringing the DPRK to its knees by means of "maximum pressure" and an outright denial of the underlying spirit of the June 12 DPRK-U.S".

On Friday, the US Justice Department said it had taken possession of the North Korea-registered bulk carrier M/V Wise Honest, one year after it was detained in Indonesia, citing illicit sanctions-busting activities. The case marked the first time the U.S. had seized a North Korean cargo vessel for allegedly violating sanctions. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump expressed their commitment for the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula at their first bilateral meeting in Singapore last June.

USA authorities said the ship, the Wise Honest, was captured after it attempted to hide its country of origin and was now in their custody.

It would be the "biggest miscalculation" if the United States believed it can control the North with force, the statement said, adding it will keep a sharp eye on future US behavior.

The North Korean foreign ministry said in a statement that it rejected the United Nations security resolutions against their country, which the USA used as reasoning to take control of the ship and demanded a return of the vessel.

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US officials have shrugged off the three short-range missile tests, saying the door remains open for talks with the North.

The talks broke down when a second Trump-Kim summit in Vietnam in February failed to result in a deal.

In recent weeks, North Korea has resumed testing ballistic missiles after refraining from such launches for a year-and-a-half.

Trump insisted he would not ease sanctions until North Korea agrees to abandon its entire nuclear weapons program.

The ship arrived this week at the port of Pago Pago in the USA territory of American Samoa.

Experts believe coal and other exports help finance the North's weapons industry.

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