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Korea earned $200m flouting sanctions

Korea earned $200m flouting sanctions”

The UN said that North Korea is flouting sanctions by exporting coal, iron, steel and other banned commodities, earning almost $200 million (Dh734.5m) in revenue in 2017.

After the coal ban was imposed on August 5, the United Nations monitors investigated 23 coal shipments to ports in Russia, China, South Korea and Vietnam.

This undated photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on February 1, 2018, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un at the newly-remodeled Pyongyang Trolley Bus Factory in Pyongyang. Multiple sanctions dating back to 2006 have tried to choke off funding for the nuclear and missile programs.

North Korea "is already flouting the most recent resolutions by exploiting global oil supply chains, complicit foreign nationals, offshore company registries and the worldwide banking system", the report stated, according to Reuters.

The report has been submitted to the UNSC sanctions committee.

United Nations report accuses Pyongyang of selling weapons, exporting banned materials and violating sanctions.

The investigations also reveal "substantial new evidence" concerning Pyongyang's military cooperation with Damascus, including at least three visits by North Korean technicians to Syria in 2016, involving the "transfer of special resistance valves and thermometers known for use in chemical weapons programmes". In 2013, Panamanian forces confiscated a North Korea-flagged ship after undeclared Cuban weapons and fighter jets from the Soviet era were found under sacks of sugar.

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Last year, the UN Security Council adopted a series of resolutions aimed at restricting exports, with the objective of cutting off revenue to North Korea's military programme. Its content is created separately from USA TODAY.

The report also revealed that several unnamed multinational oil companies were being investigated for their alleged role in supplying petroleum products to North Korea. The UN monitors said all those shipments "would constitute a violation of the resolution, if confirmed".

Meanwhile, the report said the North Korea was providing Myanmar with "ballistic missile systems ... in addition to a range of conventional weapons, including rocket launches and surface-to-air missiles".

China and Russian Federation have consistently denied flouting sanctions.

Shortages would lead to serious humanitarian problems, he said, adding: "Official representatives of Pyongyang have made it clear that a blockade would be interpreted by North Korea as a declaration of war, with all the subsequent consequences".

Syria told the panel no North Korea technical companies are operating in the country, and the only North Koreans there are involved in sports.

According to the report and the United Nations panel of experts, seven ships have been prevented from entering ports worldwide for violating United Nations sanctions with coal and petroleum transfers.



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