Customs officials in the Netherlands say they have intercepted a cargo of some 90,000 bottles of Russian vodka that they suspect was being smuggled to North Korea in breach of United Nations sanctions.
Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad reported the discovery Tuesday and Customs office spokesman Roul Velleman confirmed the details.
Velleman and the foreign ministry declined to elaborate on why Dutch officials believe the vodka was heading to North Korea.
Dutch Overseas Trade Minister Sigrid Kaag congratulated the customs officials on the interception, saying, "the UN Security Council has imposed clear sanctions on North Korea and it is important to enforce them."
The vodka was discovered last week in Rotterdam port under an aircraft fuselage in a Chinese container ship.