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Moon Shows Trump He's Acting Tough on North Korea Before Summit

  • Authorities seized local ship over high-seas fuel transfers
  • President Moon headed to White House in bid to save talks
A South Korean stands guard at the truce village of Panmunjom.

A South Korean stands guard at the truce village of Panmunjom.

Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

South Korea disclosed a probe into a local ship suspected of illegal high-seas cargo transfers with North Korean vessels, affirming support for U.S.-backed sanctions ahead of a summit with President Donald Trump.

Authorities impounded the South Korean-flagged oil products tanker P Pioneer in the southern port of Busan in October, a government official said Thursday, confirming an earlier report in the Chosun Ilbo newspaper. The ship -- the first local vessel seized by South Korean authorities -- is among four detained for potential violations of United Nations curbs on fuel shipments to North Korea, Chosun said.