U.S. Seizes North Korean Freighter Violating U.N. Sanctions…

The Southern District of New York has released a criminal complaint to accompany the seizure of a North Korean freighter “Wise Honest” (Full pdf below). The freighter was seized by Indonesian authorities on/around April 2, 2018 [media story here]. However, the background story of Wise Honest is more interesting.

The indictment outlines how the freighter was used to transport coal from North Korea to China and Russia and back-haul heavy equipment from Chinese ports into the DPRK. However, the transport network changed with the timing of increased sanctions on the DPRK.  Simply, the ship was routed to avoid being caught for violating sanctions.

The indictment also outlines how Chinese entities in Hong Kong assisted with routing the vessel to avoid maritime surveillance. There’s an aspect here that overlays a prior set of CTH discussions surrounding U.S. Navy training for a potential U.S. maritime blockade.

You might remember November 2017 CTH discussions about U.S. vessels conducting training exercises in/around shipping lanes. In 2017 and 2018 there were some maritime collisions that seemed to align with the possibility of these training exercises. In June 2017 The USS Fitzgerald was one such example near the coast of Japan.

On page 19 of the indictment the DOJ outlines how vessel Wise Honest was turning off their “Automated Identification System” (AIS), which is the automatic beacon that transmits their location to other surface vessels via satellite.

An interesting coincidence given the previous discussions on those 2017 Pacific shipping lane maritime collisions.

Here’s the full pdf. It’s an interesting read:

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88 Responses to U.S. Seizes North Korean Freighter Violating U.N. Sanctions…

  1. Henry chance says:

    Sum Ting wong with tracking devise.

    Liked by 20 people

  2. Brian Backes says:

    A shyster is what a shyster does.

    Good catch! Big catch!

    Liked by 6 people

  3. Brian Backes says:

    A shyster is what a shyster does.

    Good catch! Big catch!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Nordic Breed says:

    The commies will always cheat.

    Liked by 11 people

    • litlbit2 says:

      Related to the DNC and GOPe those not smart enough to actually compete fairly!🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

      Liked by 1 person

      • Dutchman says:

        Actually, its more nuanced than that.
        America, since its founding, has consistently, throughout its history, been a center right country, politically and culturally.

        So, leftist conmunism could NEVER florish here, if it competed in the ‘marketplace of ideas’, in an honest way. Hence, it cheated in every way.

        Education as indoctrination. Media as propoganda. Corrupting and undermining ‘free and fair elections’ in a myriad of ways.

        Its not a coincidence that both Chicoms and Uniparty cheat, cause they can’t compete unless they cheat. They are virtually the same.

        Liked by 17 people

    • Orville R. Bacher says:

      That is exactly why a so-called Trade Deal with China is absurd. China’s goal is to buy time, to weaken the USA.
      Letting China into the WTO was a grave error. Cut the losses. Cut them now.

      Liked by 7 people

      • Dutchman says:

        It wasn’t an error, othewise I agree.
        It was one of many acts of chicom agents, working in the highest levels of the U.S. Gont.

        Biggest traitor couple since the Rosenbergs, the Clintons. Everybody says they are crooks, and its ‘all about yhe $’, but I don’t THINK so.

        I think it is the IDEOLOGY, and the $ is just a powerful and useful tool for corruption.

        Liked by 4 people

        • De Oppresso Liber says:

          Dutchman – I’m not sure I agree completely that their ideology overrides their natural grifter impulses for greed and glom, but yes, they are without a doubt the most despicable, vile, repugnant couple in the history of the United States, if not the world.

          They both deserve to be hanged by the neck until dead from a gallows, constructed on the Washington Mall, specifically for the public execution of not only the Clintons, but also ALL of the TRAITORS involved with this coup. Washington, D.C. has never before seen the size of the crowd, which would come to witness such a macabre, yet necessary event.


          Liked by 3 people

          • john says:

            The hangings need to be put on live TV, every channel, and their heads put on pikes outside the WH for all to see. The names need to live on forever as an example of what we do to traitors. When you say Clinton or Obama it should be required you spit. These people are vile filth.


            • Micheal Jones says:

              Put it on Pay Per View and you could get the USA out of hock, permanently.


            • De Oppresso Liber says:

              When I say that I think your methods may be a little extreme, I’m being sincere. I agree we need the public hangings, but the heads on pikes is a little much, in my humble opinion. I kinda waffle back and forth on the public TV viewing, but I believe a Pay-Per-View with a modest $5-$10 where 100% goes to funding the wall would be more appropriate.

              Let’s get the hangings for sedition or treason first, THEN we can argue whether or not they will be publicly viewed. Deal?



        • pyromancer76 says:

          I agree. Commie Bill started to give away the store. But (Commie?) Bush had already tried to give away our ports until he was called out. After Commie/Criminal Hellary lost, my hunch is that the Muh Russia! keeps going on and on and on to keep the spotlight off massively destructive China and those who have been the enablers.

          Americans can easily identify bad Russians from years of the Soviet Union being our major enemy. It is not as easy to reeducate the public to the real enemy today. And the gazillions of dollars from China for nefarious purposes, for some strange reason, is difficult to identify.

          Liked by 2 people

          • mike says:

            Spot on, and China collects a Russian ally on the cheap.
            One day Russia will wake up, and find themselves on China’s soup menu…


      • cali says:

        @Orville: Thin about this idiocy by the Hussein and gang administration: They sold the Long Beach Port to China!!!!!
        Big use for human and child trafficking among other who knows what smuggled into the US.

        President Trump forced China to give up and sell its ownership due to national security issues not so long ago ergo that route of trafficking in Adam Shitt’s district came to an end.

        Have the media reported any of it? Of course not!


  5. thedoc00 says:

    So, when the Chinese VP starts discussing how his government can be trusted at 5pm, a picture of this ship will on the table in front of him.

    Liked by 23 people

    • Oh Doc, I love this!!! I can see it in my mind!!! Lovely.

      I see everything in life as black or white. There is no gray area. Tough way to navigate life but makes this scenario beautiful in my mind.


    • CharterOakie says:

      Heh. The poor dumb bastards apparently still think they can stump Trump.

      You CAN’T….Stump Trump!

      Liked by 3 people

    • Fools Gold says:

      What has changed since the Chinese kid Parked himself flat in front of a tank a few years back? Answer: China got richer, US got weaker. Who else got richer? Answer: Dims, Rhinos and their large campaign donors…


  6. Ziiggii says:

    Haha, I was even thinking about the US Navy exercises when I highlighted this announcement.


    I’ve been looking at more of all the things coming out that have ties to the Chinese trade negotiations. China & Russia helping DPNK skirt sanctions was what caught my eye….

    Liked by 5 people

  7. Ziiggii says:

    Oh and also to be noticed – the “Wise Honest” was captured heading towards Indonesia by Indonesian Transportation Agency…. where they headed?

    Somewhere near the Horn of Africa….

    Liked by 2 people

  8. A2 says:

    And just like that Kim lobs off a few ballistic missiles, err projectiles. Mr Biegun has a front row seat as he is in Seoul.

    Liked by 1 person

    • A2 says:

      Read more here. Seems I am awakening to missile lobs, but I prefer the alarm clock thank you very much.


      Liked by 1 person

    • nervecellguy says:

      Hi A2,

      What’s the mood like where you live in Asia? Are nerves rattled in South Korea?

      I have family and friends in the Philippines. They’re unfortunately blissfully unaware of what’s happening globally as regards China. Locally however they’re complaining of how China is getting into all the business and gradually taking over.


  9. ganesh says:



    The “Wise Honest” is in there (most likely as a ship involved in illegal offshore transfers). The format is PDF and I do not have the ability to search.

    Still. Looks like a crappy rustbucket known and tracked for years.

    Why don’t we just sink it and all related vessels?


  10. smiley says:

    Does this just happen days before the Chinese are coming to resurrect talks before big sanctions drop?

    I am thinking this is Trump sending the Panda a big message. These terms are not subject to negotiation.

    Liked by 7 people

  11. alliwantissometruth says:

    So many voters are so naive and ignorant when it comes to the realities of the world. They think if you just talk to people in other countries, things will work out

    They have no problem electing other naive and ignorant people, including ideologues and utter fools who are easily taken advantage of

    Corrupt, blind or stupid, it doesn’t matter. We always get screwed

    That’s why Trump said “can you imagine Buttiege dealing with Xi?”

    Just imagine the modern crop of democrats dealing with the cutthroat leaders of today. Talk about getting screwed

    We need real leaders who understand the realities of today’s world and have the insight and courage to play their games and come out on the winning side. That’s how all of us as Americans win

    Liked by 14 people

  12. The Boss says:

    Maybe we can trade the freighter Wise Honest one day for the USS Pueblo.

    Liked by 5 people

  13. nimrodman says:

    Time to employ our super-secret trained dolphins and tag such vessels with auxiliary transponders that ping back to our data-collection receivers.

    Tag any vessel that our Navy documents is in their vicinity and identifiable but is not transponding with a valid maritime-tracking identity, or at all.

    Identify and record vessels at any opportunity, plan a tagging special forces mission thereafter, possibly when vessels are in port.

    Maybe even use a white beluga whale, they seem friendly …

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Socrates says:

    1. Sink the damn thing to the bottom of the ocean.
    2. Tell NOKO that this will be the first of many should they continue violating.
    3. Tell them we want the remains of those service members from the Korean
    conflict back and the USS Pueblo returned NOW!!!
    4. Sanctions will continue until the act like adult members of a society

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Rhoda R says:

    Even if the Foolish Deceitful DID have its navigation turned off, shouldn’t the US Navy have had radar and other tracking devices that should have told them that another ship was in their area? Or is the US Navy planning to depend on maritime IFF signals during a war time scenario?

    Liked by 4 people

    • David says:

      If you read the report about the Fitzgerald collision you would know that our 7th Fleet is in shambles ! Radars that don’t work properly or at all , inexperienced and poorly trained sailors , and undermanned. Obama’s hand picked pentagon perfumed princes have wrecked the fleets. The ultimate cause of the Fitzgerald collision was the duty officer made a colossal mistake and turned in front of the container ship against the rules of the sea trying to get clear but the problems leading up to it are fleet wide. Bottom line is we can track ships sometimes…maybe. It’s that bad !


  16. 335blues says:

    Isn’t this ship owned by Mitch McConnell’s chinese shipping company?

    Liked by 1 person

  17. ristvan says:

    PDJT screws tighten. China AND NoKo in a world of hurt. Iran coming soon. New sheriff in town.

    Liked by 4 people

  18. andyocoregon says:

    That ship would make a fine artificial reef. Fish just love ’em.


    Liked by 1 person

  19. zephyrbreeze says:

    Tom Clancy, we miss you.


    • hoghead says:

      We don’t need Tom Clancy; we’ve been living in one of his novels for at least three years, and a Clancy hero is currently President.


  20. GSparrow says:

    I wonder if the Chinese trade delegation was informed about this (May 8th) indictment when they were about to eat their dessert this evening.

    Liked by 3 people

  21. WES says:

    US ship collisions with freighters seems to be what SD is alluding too.

    Maybe those freighters had their location devices turned off.

    Still doesn’t explain how these freighters could have been missed.

    Liked by 1 person

    • David says:

      I posted a reply to an earlier post about the collisions. You should read the final report about the Fitzgerald collision. Our 7th Fleet is so bad they’re a hazard to themselves and every ship around them.


    • sDee says:

      Yes. I cannot imagine our military ships using AIS for collision avoidance. They gotta have sophisticated radar mapping everything around them.

      AIS is an radio beacon from each vessel transmitting vessel name, ID, size, cargo type, destination, ETA, GPS-based infor (position, course, speed, heading, rate of turn). Even low end marine radios have AIS. Quite useful in crowded port areas but no substitute for radar.

      The freighter intentionally kept its identity hidden by shutting it off, but not its presence to Navy ships.


    • Timmy-the-Ute says:

      SD may just be saying that our fantastic Navy has been a lot of operations in shipping lanes and getting really close to freighters where mistakes might be made as in the USS Fitzgerald and USS John McCain. We are tracking a lot of ships around the Sea of Japan. Some go to South Korea, some to China, some to Russian and some will drop their AIS and make a run for it in and out of North Korea. Blockade work is very difficult. My ship was involve in Operation Earnest Will in the late 80’s when Iran was blockading and attacking Kuwaiti tankers carrying Iraqi oil. It was even worse then when the Gulf had a bunch of mines in it. The Navy is dangerous work and needs to be supported and not attacked. We could keep our ships in their home ports all the time like Russia does, but then we would’t be doing our job David.


    • Fools Gold says:

      Truth is all navy’s have this same problem. Doppler Radar works great for line of sight but the earth is round. Sonar works best because it (ripples across water and thru water and is the best technology for tracking maritime vessels. But, the fact is, it ain’t good enough to keep track of every vessel in the ocean(s) from any one location or multiple integrated locations for that matter. It’s a huge ocean(s) and there are huge problem(s). A global solution does not exist. Maybe someday the technology from satellites will be devolped and deployed but until that day, smuggling is fairly easy and always has been. From the satellite perspective its not practical to emit radio waves from orbit, bounce them across the whole earth, and track every moving “thing or target” unless everything that’s moving also emits a Radio wave marker beacon in response. Until that day we will continue maritime compitition between Navy’s and will always be subject to sneak attack from the ocean floor. Hey you want to avoid being tracked in the ocean? Switch your beacon off and make a few navy vessels try to find you. Just make sure you’re in a safe port or waters if one of the navy ship catches you unless the owners countries president or leader has the gonads to do something about it anyway.


  22. SHV says:

    “Still doesn’t explain how these freighters could have been missed.”
    IIRC, awhile back, there were some reports from one of the court-martial proceedings from one of the collisions. Among the findings, maintenance was poor, ie. radar and CIC computers didn’t work, ship board crew discipline was poor, ie. exercise equipment, old food containers, urine filled soda bottles, etc. were found in the CIC, the two female officers, OD and CIC were mad and weren’t talking to each other, etc., etc. (But I assume diversity and gender training was up to date)


  23. Tell Kim Suc Yung he can have his rust bucket back if he returns the USS Pueblo.


  24. Ever hear of Koryo Tours? It’s a western outfit that gives guided tours of North Korea, and it’s still very much in operation. (I”m on their email list)

    Why it is not shut down? This implies to me that there are other such ways for the NorKors to get foreign exchange. Pug the leaks!


  25. JaimeInTexas says:

    I guess these uSA are the police of the world.
    USA laws reaches actions not taken in uSA? If Indonesia has a legal issue, well, the ship was in an Indonesian port. But, what business is this of ours?


  26. ThereIsNoTwoSystemsOnlyOneChiComs says:

    All part of the trade plan. Just don’t get Fox Conned in Wisconsin and especially in Taiwan.
    40 years of Jimmah and Kissinger are coming to a close. The White House has yet to put it on the table, but the Taiwan card is in its hand now. Full diplomacy now!


  27. Captain Morgan says:

    AIS is VHF line of sight, not satellite.It is another tool in a mariner’s tool box to hopefully enhance situational awareness and prevent collisions. It is quite handy. I’ve had AIS icons pop up on the radar screen before a vessels radar return showed on the screen.
    I know it’s fun to speculate on Tom Clancy scenarios, but the McCain and Fitzgerald collisions were human error during normal operations. There was a whole string of errors in both incidents. Granted, there are larger external problems in the Navy but one person on either vessel, acting accordingly could have broken the error chain and prevented disaster.





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