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APNewsBreak: North Korea ship held in Mexico sought for seizure in rare $330 million legal win

  • FILE - In this July 28, 2015 file photo, under the portraits of the late North Korean leaders, Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il, ambassador of the Permanent Mission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the United Nations Jang Il Hun, right, is joined by councilor Kwon Jong Gun as he speaks during a new conference at the DPRK mission in New York.  Jang and other North Korean officials have protested the holding of a North Korean cargo ship in Mexico, which an Israel-based law center is now trying to seize as damages on a rare $330 million judgment it won this year in U.S. District Court. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    FILE - In this July 28, 2015 file photo, under the portraits of the late North Korean leaders, Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il, ambassador of the Permanent Mission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the United Nations Jang Il Hun, right, is joined by councilor Kwon Jong Gun as he speaks during a new conference at the DPRK mission in New York. Jang and other North Korean officials have protested the holding of a North Korean cargo ship in Mexico, which an Israel-based law center is now trying to seize as damages on a rare $330 million judgment it won this year in U.S. District Court. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this July 28, 2015 file photo, Jang Il Hun, ambassador of the Permanent Mission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the United Nations, speaks during a new conference at the DPRK mission in New York.  Jang and other North Korean officials have protested the holding of a North Korean cargo ship in Mexico, which an Israel-based law center is now trying to seize as damages on a rare $330 million judgment it won this year in U.S. District Court. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    FILE - In this July 28, 2015 file photo, Jang Il Hun, ambassador of the Permanent Mission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the United Nations, speaks during a new conference at the DPRK mission in New York. Jang and other North Korean officials have protested the holding of a North Korean cargo ship in Mexico, which an Israel-based law center is now trying to seize as damages on a rare $330 million judgment it won this year in U.S. District Court. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this April 9, 2015 photo, the North Korean cargo ship Mu Du Bong sits anchored in the port of Tuxpan, Mexico, after it accidentally ran aground off Mexico in July 2014. Despite North Korea's protests, a panel of experts that monitors U.N. sanctions against Pyongyang for its nuclear and missile programs asked the Mexican government not to release the boat. North Korean diplomats have said the ship was carrying nothing prohibited by sanctions. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)

    In this April 9, 2015 photo, the North Korean cargo ship Mu Du Bong sits anchored in the port of Tuxpan, Mexico, after it accidentally ran aground off Mexico in July 2014. Despite North Korea's protests, a panel of experts that monitors U.N. sanctions against Pyongyang for its nuclear and missile programs asked the Mexican government not to release the boat. North Korean diplomats have said the ship was carrying nothing prohibited by sanctions. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

An Israel-based civil rights group is trying to seize a North Korean ship being held in Mexico in a rare effort to make Pyongyang pay at least part of a rare $330 million U.S. District Court judgment against it.

The Shurat HaDin law center in April won the ruling over the abduction of a South Korean-born pastor in China and his presumed torture and killing in North Korea. Now the center seeks whatever assets it can find from the largely isolated country.

It has focused on the cargo ship the Mu Du Bong, which has been held in Mexico after it ran aground there last year.

Civil courts in Mexico City and the state of Veracruz have declined to hear Shurat HaDin's request, but it is now appealing.