The U.S. has seized a North Korean ship after it violated American-led sanctions. The ownership of a North Korean freighter was caught shipping coal. The ship’s captain was charged with violating Indonesian law. The U.S. filed an action to seize the ship, according to court papers.
On Thursday, the U.S. sought a civil forfeiture action, the same thing prosecutors do when they seek to take ownership of planes or boats used by drug smugglers. The Justice Department says the U.S. is entitled to take this action because payments to maintain and equip the vessel were made through American banks.