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Libya threatens to 'bomb' North Korean oil tanker

Libya will bomb a North Korea-flagged oil tanker loading crude oil at an eastern port controlled by armed protesters if the vessel fails to follow orders from the navy.

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North Korean tanker takes on 'rebel' oil despite warning

A North Korean-flagged tanker is docked at the Es Sider export terminal in Ras Lanuf. Credit: Reuters

A North Korean-flagged tanker has started loading oil at a Libyan port seized by rebels in the east of the country, port and oil officials said on Saturday.

The Libyan government has threatened to sink the tanker if it attempts to leave the port at Es Sider in Ras Lanuf. The rebels aim to sell the oil and bypass the government to gain a share of the country's considerable oil wealth.

"The loading has started," a port worker told Reuters. A spokesman for state-run National Oil Corp (NOC) confirmed this.

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