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Vessels denied entry to Taiwan for alleged North Korea oil sales

2018/01/20 17:04:32

Photo courtesy of Coast Guard Administration

Taipei, Jan. 20 (CNA) Two tankers registered through the Billions Bunker Group, the corporation accused of selling oil to North Korea, were denied entry into Kaohsiung Port in southern Taiwan Friday.

The tankers -- the Kings Way and the Twins Bull -- are named on Taiwan's no entry list and watch list due to alleged violations of United Nations sanctions, Yao Chou-tien (姚洲典), head of the Coast Guard Administration's (CGA) Department of Coastal Control, said in an interview Saturday.

A coast guard team requested to search the Twins Bull, boarding it at around 6:40 p.m. to find a crew of 14, including an Indonesian captain, but no oil or any other prohibited cargo was discovered, he said.

Conditions at sea prevented a search of the other vessel, Yao said.

As of noon Saturday, Kings Way and Twins Bull were 40 nautical miles west of Tainan's Anping Harbor, sailing southwest.

Yao said that the CGA is continuing to monitor the vessels.

The event took place on the same day that Chen Shih-hsien (陳世憲), the Taiwanese man behind the Billion Bunkers Group, attempted suicide over the controversy.

(By Liu Chien-pang and Kuan-lin Liu)
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