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Maldives President accused of lying about Maldivian-flagged tanker

President Abdulla Yameen has been accused of lying about the details of a Maldivian-flagged oil tanker alleged to have broken UN-led sanctions against North Korea. Japan earlier this week said it had notified the UN Security Council of the suspected transfer of goods from a tanker operating under a Maldivian flag to a North Korean vessel. Authorities have repeatedly and vehemently denied the tanker is registered in the Maldives. The country’s transport authority said there was no record of the Xin Yuan 18 ever being registered there and that it did not offer ‘flag of convenience’ services to vessels operating outside its waters. It also said it would punish media publishing false information about the tanker, Avas reported. The President’s Office condemned the use of the Maldivian flag and said the MMSI number – the nine digits used to identify vessels in radio communications – of the Xin Yuan 18 was not registered in the Maldives. The opposition Maldivian Democratic Party went one step further than Kamaludheen and said the Xin Yuan 18 was linked to Yameen’s family.............................

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