Indian coast guard detains NKorean ship

NEW DELHI:: India’s coast guard detained a “suspicious” North Korean cargo ship

after a six-hour chase off the country’s southeastern

coast, a coast guard official said on Saturday, but a preliminary search of the vessel revealed it was carrying sugar and not illicit cargo. The MV Mu San was pursued by coast guards who opened fire above the vessel after it

tried to flee from Andaman and Nicobar, where it had dropped anchor without permission on Wednesday.

A UN resolution passed

in June allows other countries to request boarding and

inspection of North Korean ships suspected of transporting illicit cargo.