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U.S. to confiscate DPRK vessel held in Samoa

Asahi wrote today that a U.S. district court in New York authorized the Treasury Department on Monday to confiscate a North Korean cargo ship that was seized in Samoa in May on suspicion of exporting coal in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. Because the vessel in question had allegedly been used by the Kim regime to earn foreign currency, the article said the confiscation will deal a heavy blow to the DPRK economy. As Pyongyang is bound to react sharply, the daily conjectured that the court ruling may scuttle the U.S.-DPRK denuclearization talks that were resumed earlier this month.  

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