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Auction results sealed for seized North Korea carp ship

Updated: October 09, 2019 08:20 PM

HONOLULU (AP) - A U.S.-seized North Korean cargo ship suspected in international sanction violations was sold in a sealed auction.

The Wise Honest was seized in May and towed it to American Samoa. Indonesia detained the ship in 2018 while it was transporting coal.

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The U.S. Marshals Service says they don't disclose winning amounts or buyers in sealed-bid auctions.

The Justice Department didn't immediately say Wednesday where sale proceeds will go.

Otto Warmbier's parents filed a claim to the ship, seeking to collect on a multimillion-dollar judgment in the American college student's death. They say he was tortured in North Korea after being convicted of trying to steal a propaganda poster.

Relatives of South Korea-born Rev. Dong Shik Kim filed a similar claim. They say he was taken hostage, tortured then killed in North Korea.

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