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U.S. seizes North Korean ship for allegedly violating coal sanctions

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The FBI and federal prosecutors seized a North Korean cargo vessel — named the Wise Honest — on Thursday for allegedly transporting and selling coal in violation of international sanctions, NBC News reports.

Why it matters: Justice Department officials told the Washington Post this marks the first time the U.S. has seized a North Korean cargo ship for violating sanctions. It's sure to ratchet up tensions with North Korea, which has recently resumed short-range missile testing, despite President Trump's efforts to rein in Kim Jong-un with a pair of summits.

Go deeper: How North Korea has "laundered" coal to undercut sanctions