VOA: Mexico Begins Dismantling N. Korean Freighter Mudubong

Write : 2016-10-19 08:40:18 Update : 2016-10-19 08:49:40

VOA: Mexico Begins Dismantling N. Korean Freighter Mudubong

The Mexican government has reportedly begun the process to dismantle a North Korean freight ship that ran aground in Mexico two years ago.

U.S.-based Voice of America(VOA) on Wednesday quoted privately owned TV station, Noticieros Televisa, as saying that the North Korean freighter Mudubong will soon be dissolved into scrap metal. 

The Mexican broadcaster reported the news based on an interview with an official at the port of Tuxpan on the country's east coast.

It was made known that the Mudubong has been relocated and that the Mexican government plans to sell the scrap metal to make up for the storage cost of the vessel.

The six-thousand-700-ton Mudubong went off course as it was heading from Cuba to North Korea in July of 2014 and ran on a coral reef near the Tuxpan port.

No illegal cargo was discovered aboard the freighter, but it was impounded by the Mexican government after it was made known that it was owned by North Korea's Ocean Maritime Management Company, a blacklisted entity by the UN Security Council for illegal arms trading.

In April, Mexico announced a decision to retain custody of the North Korean ship as a Mexican asset. 

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