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U.S. silent on Pyongyang’s demand for ship

May 16,2019
WASHINGTON - The U.S. State Department said Tuesday it has no comment to make on North Korea’s demand for the return of a U.S.-seized cargo vessel.

A North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson earlier denounced the seizure of the Wise Honest as an “unlawful and outrageous act.”

In a statement to state media, the official said the United States should “ponder over the consequences its heinous act might have on the future developments and immediately return our ship.”

Katina Adams, a spokeswoman for the State Department, said she doesn’t “have anything” on those remarks.

U.S.-North Korea tensions have renewed following the regime’s launch of short-range missiles last week, which came amid stalled denuclearization negotiations between the sides.

The U.S. Justice Department announced the same day as the launch that it has seized the 17,061-ton Wise Honest, which was intercepted by Indonesian authorities last year on suspicion of delivering coal exports in violation of United Nations sanctions on Pyongyang.