Libya seeks to expel N. Korean oil tanker in Barca

Libyan authorities have sent warplanes and Navy forces to force a North Korea-flagged oil tanker to leave an oil port controlled by militiamen in eastern Libya, a lawmaker said Saturday.

Libyan authorities have sent warplanes and Navy forces to force a North Korea-flagged oil tanker to leave an oil port controlled by militiamen in eastern Libya, a lawmaker said Saturday.

BENGHAZI, Libya – Libyan authorities have sent warplanes and Navy forces to force a North Korea-flagged oil tanker to leave an oil port controlled by militiamen in eastern Libya, a lawmaker said Saturday.

"The Air Force and Navy are dealing with the oil tanker, which entered Libya`s territorial waters without permission from Libyan authorities," Ali Zawbi, the head of the Energy Committee at the National General Congress, told Anadolu Agency.

The tanker docked at the Sidra Port to get crude oil under an illegal deal with militiamen controlling the port and oilfields in the eastern Libyan Barca region, according to Zawbi.

The so-called "Barca Political Office" has been controlling the port since last July, calling for the application of a federal system of government in eastern Libya.

A Libyan oil sector official said the tanker will start loading crude oil in a short time.

Militants were reported to have forced Sidra Port workers to help the North Korean tanker anchor in preparation for loading the oil, a source from Waha, Libya`s second largest oil company, said on condition of anonymity.

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