TRIPOLI, Libya — Libya's government says its forces are besieging the North Korea-flagged tanker that an eastern militia wanted to use to export oil.
Al-Habib al-Amin, the country's culture minister and a top aide to Libya's prime minister, told reporters in a televised news conference Sunday that government force including navy vessels are near the tanker at al-Sidra port.
Al-Sidra is one of the country's biggest oil terminals and has been under militias' control since the summer.
The remarks came shortly after Libya's Defense Ministry ordered its naval and air forces to use force against the tanker.
Illegal exports of oil by eastern militiamen are Libya's latest crisis. Prime Minister Ali Zidan's government, parliament and militias compete for authority in the security vacuum that followed the 2011 fall of dictator Moammar Gadhafi.