Middle East

North Korean tanker turned away from Es-Sider port

Cairo: A North Korean-flagged tanker tried to dock at Libya's Es-Sider oil port seized by armed protesters, Libyan authorities said on Wednesday.

On Tuesday the Morning Glory tanker approached the port that has been beyond government control for the past eight months.

The Libyan government has threatened to use military force against any ship that trys to call at the ports in the east of the country held by separatists.

A vessel tracking project operated by NK News shows that North Korean ships rarely enter Mediterranean waters.

"The navy spotted a tanker from North Korea trying to enter Es-Sider port but it left," Libyan navy spokesman Ayoub Qassem told Reuters. The 30,000 dwt was turned away without loading any oil.

In January, the Libyan navy fired on a Maltese-flagged tanker which it said had tried to load oil from the protesters in the port.  [06/03/14]

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