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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Libyan forces 'seize' North Korean oil tanker

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

Libyan government forces have seized a tanker that had loaded crude at a port under the control of rebels who plan to sell oil independently of the Tripoli government.

The North Korea-flagged shipped was being escorted to western Libya, a spokesman for the state-owned National Oil Corp Mohammed El-Harari told Reuters, confirming Libyan media reports.

Another Libyan official, Abdelwahab al-Qaim told Reuters: "The ship has been seized by government forces. There are no damages to the ship."

A rebel spokesman had earlier denied they had lost control of the ship.

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