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U.S. Seizes Oil Tanker Used to Violate Sanctions Against North Korea

A New York federal court entered a judgment of forfeiture for an oil tanker used as part of a scheme to evade sanctions against North Korea and in the processes violating U.S. law and deceptively using U.S. dollars through unwitting U.S. banks. The U.S. Justice Department has been using seizures with increasing frequency as a tool to enforce sanctions against North Korea as well as Iran.

In this case, Cambodian authorities seized a 2,734-ton oil-products tanker, the M/T Courageous, in March 2020 and held the vessel under a U.S. seizure warrant issued in April 2020. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York filed a civil forfeiture complaint against M/T Courageous in April 2021 saying that the vessel had been used to make illicit deliveries of petroleum products through ship-to-ship transfers with vessels flagged in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) and direct shipments to the North Korean port of Nampo.

“Today’s judgment reflects that the sanctions-evading ship, the Courageous, has been forfeited to the United States and will no longer be used to enable North Korea’s pattern of evading the global community’s prohibitions on support for that regime,” said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss after the judge issued the judgment of forfeiture. “Thanks to the extraordinary cooperation between U.S. and Cambodian law enforcement authorities, the Courageous is permanently out of service.”

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