The U.N. panel that oversees sanctions against North Korea will arrive in Mexico to inspect the North Korean ship, Mu Du Bong, currently being held in Mexico.
The Mu Du Bong damaged 3662 square meters of coral when it sailed into a reef 12 km from the shore, grounding itself in the process.
The ship has ties to Ocean Maritime Management Co., a Pyongyang shipping company involved in attempted arms smuggling.
Ocean Maritime Management orchestrated an attempt to transport military aircraft parts, ammunition and other items with military applications from Cuba to North Korea aboard the cargo ship Chong Chon Gang in 2013.
The Mu Du Bong crossed through the Panama Canal in mid-June of this year and traveled to Cuba later in the month before heading to the port of Tuxpan in the Gulf of Mexico where it is currently being held.
It is believed that the history of arms smuggling by OMM is a probable factor in the U.N. investigation of the Mu Du Bong.
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