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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: A Gujarat-based businessman lost valuables worth Rs. 35 lakh at central Delhi’s G B road on Sunday morning, as robbers attacked him with pepper spray and snatched his belongings.

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The businessman, who has been identified as Laxman, and his friend have an office at Kucha Ghasi Ram area in Chandni Chowk.

Laxman lodged a police complaint, in which he said that he was attacked by the robbers on his way back from the New Delhi railway station. He had just arrived in the capital and had taken an auto from the station to go to his office.

When the auto reached G B Road five men on two bikes approached the vehicle. Laxman said that the robbers stopped the auto and demanded that he give them his bag. When he refused, they brandished a knife and threatened him with dire consequences. But before he could react, one of them took out a pepper can and sprayed it at him, snatched his bag and fled. Laxman immediately made a PCR call.

“The bag contained jewellery. The incident has been captured in a CCTV camera and our team is analysing the footage to identify the robbers,” said DCP (central) Parmaditya.

An FIR has been registered under IPC Sections 390 (robbery), 34 (common intention) at Kamla Market police station. However, senior cops have refused to acknowledge the involvement of any gang behind the robbery. Police suspect the robbers must have followed the businessman from the station.

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North Korea Blames US of ‘Robbery’ for Seizing Cargo Ship, Demands Immediate Return

Trump insisted he would not ease sanctions until North Korea agrees to abandon its entire nuclear weapons program

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The North Korean cargo ship, Wise Honest, middle, was towed into the Port of Pago Pago, May 11, 2019, in Pago Pago, American Samoa. VOA

North Korea accused the United States of robbery Tuesday and demanded the immediate return of a cargo ship seized for allegedly violating international sanctions.

In a statement in the official Korean Central News Agency, North Korea’s foreign ministry warned of unspecified “consequences” in response to the U.S. seizure of the vessel.

“The U.S. should carefully deliberate what consequences will follow in the current situation derived by their robbery and promptly return our ship,” the Tuesday statement read.

The KCNA statement claimed the seizure violates the 2018 agreement between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to improve bilateral relations.

The United States announced last week it had seized the Wise Honest, which was originally detained in April 2018 by Indonesian authorities.

The 17,000-ton vessel, North Korea’s second-largest cargo ship, had been used to export North Korean coal in violation of international sanctions, U.S. officials say. It is the first time that U.S. officials seized a North Korean vessel.

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Undated photo released by the U.S. Justice Dept. on May 9, 2019 shows the North Korean cargo ship ‘Wise Honest’. VOA

The move further strained ties between North Korea and the United States, which appear to be re-entering a period of hostility after a year of nuclear talks.

In recent weeks, North Korea has resumed testing ballistic missiles after refraining from such launches for a year-and-a-half.

U.S. officials have shrugged off the three short-range missile tests, saying the door remains open for talks with the North.

At their first summit in June 2018, Trump and Kim vowed to improve relations and to work “toward the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”

The talks broke down when a second Trump-Kim summit in Vietnam in February failed to result in a deal.

At that summit, Kim offered to dismantle a key North Korean nuclear site in exchange for the United States easing sanctions that are hurting the North’s economy.

Trump insisted he would not ease sanctions until North Korea agrees to abandon its entire nuclear weapons program.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un meet during the second U.S.-North Korea summit at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi, Feb. 28, 2019. VOA

The seizure of the Wise Honest is part of what U.S. officials have described as a campaign of “maximum pressure” against the North.

Under a series of U.S. and United Nations sanctions, North Korea is prohibited from a broad range of economic activities, including exports of materials such as coal.

North Korea has evaded the sanctions, in part by using dozens of ships such as the Wise Honest to conduct ship-to-ship transfers of raw materials.

When it was detained in 2018, the Wise Honest was carrying about 25,500 tons of coal — a load valued at around $3 million at the time.

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U.S. officials believe North Korea uses the money from coal sales to fund its weapons program.

The ship arrived this week at the port of Pago Pago in the U.S. territory of American Samoa. (VOA)