The 25,000-ton ship Jia Feng carries the flag of Togo and was accused in March by the UN’s Panel of Experts of having picked up coal at the North Korean port in Namp’o and taking it to Malaysia in 2017. Later in 2017, the ship was also accused of having made a delivery to Vietnam when it turned off its automated location indicator.
“Despite the [Panel of Experts] investigations, the Togolese-flagged bulk carrier has so far dodged both UN and US sanctions, while the Malaysian government declined to comment on its continuing visits to the southeast Asian nation,” Byrne said.
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