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NKorea: Tanker suspected of illegal oil shipment in Libya has nothing to do with Pyongyang

An official says a tanker in Libya allegedly trying to set sail with a shipment of oil from rebel forces has nothing to do with North Korea and has had its North Korean registration revoked.

Libyan government forces and loyal militia fighters claim a rival militia hoped to load the tanker with oil for export in defiance of central authorities. Because it flew a North Korean flag, that raised questions about whether North Korea was trying to get Libyan oil.

Jon Ki Chol, deputy director-general of North Korea's Maritime Administration, told The Associated Press on Thursday that although North Korea had provided a flag for the tanker Morning Glory, it cancelled registration of the ship after being notified of the incident.