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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Rebels say attack on tanker would be 'declaration of war'

Staff at Libya's Waha Oil Company go on strike in Tripoli to protest against the sale of oil at the Es Sider port. Credit: Reuters\Ismail Zitouny

Armed rebels that have seized an oil port in eastern Libya have said that any attempt by government forces to attack a North Korea-flagged tanker loading oil at one of their occupied terminals would be like a "declaration of war".

Abb-Rabbo al-Barassi, self-declared prime minister of the movement, warned Libya's navy not to "harm" the tanker docked at Es Sider, according to a statement.

"Such a move would be a declaration of war," al-Barassi in the statement, which was sent to Reuters by a spokesperson.

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