N.Korea earned $200m despite United Nations sanctions

Feb 05, 2018, 06:16
N.Korea earned $200m despite United Nations sanctions

But that's not all.

North Korea "continued to export almost all the commodities prohibited in the resolutions, generating nearly $200 million in revenue between January and September 2017", said the report.

North Korea has sold weapons to Syria and Myanmar, according to a draft United Nations report quoted by USA media on Friday which also accused China and Russian Federation of failing to do enough to curb the country's illegal trade.

Myanmar's Ambassador to the United Nations said the country had no arms relationship with North Korea. So far, no country named has fessed up to accepting improper coal shipments.

The monitors added that they had investigated an ongoing ballistic cooperation between Syria and Myanmar, which also includes over 40 unreported North Korean exports between 2012 and 2017 to Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Centre, Reuters reported.

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The United States led the push for tough economic sanctions against North Korea after its sixth nuclear test and a series of ballistic missile launches that indicated the U.S. mainland could soon be within reach of a nuclear strike by Pyongyang.

The UN monitors also said one country, which they did not identify, reported it had evidence that Myanmar received ballistic missile systems from North Korea, along with conventional weapons, including multiple rocket launchers and surface-to-air missiles.

It confirmed that Myanmar and Syria were cooperating with North Korea's main arms-exporter Komid.

"The network of foreign traders responsible for violations of the coal ban operates through numerous front companies registered in multiple jurisdictions", the committee said.

The Syrian government allegedly used chemical weapons against civilians in 2013 and agreed to destroy its stockpile later that year.

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North Korea's economy has been heavily reliant on Beijing-$2.3 million of the $2.83 billion total exports were shipped to China in 2015.

The same inspectors added that multinational oil companies, which remained nameless in the report, were also subject to investigation for their participation in the supply chain of petroleum products moved to North Korea, Reuters reported. This sanction came after President Donald Trump signed an executive order in September that sought to isolate North Korea from the worldwide banking system while adding more pressure on its main industry and shipping, The New York Times reported.

"We must put an end to illicit ship-to-ship transfers that undermine United Nations sanctions", he said.

Syria denied the presence of North Korean technicians in its territory, claiming that the only experts it was hosting from the country were involved in sport.

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