Published: Sun, February 04, 2018
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

North Korea earns $200 million from exports in 2017, violating United Nations sanctions

North Korea earns $200 million from exports in 2017, violating United Nations sanctions

"[North Korea] continued to export almost all the commodities prohibited in the resolutions, generating nearly US$200 million in revenue between January and September 2017", said the report by the experts. The false paperwork apparently showed countries such as Russian Federation and China as the origin of the merchandise, instead of North Korea.

United Nations (UN) monitors have accused North Korea of violating global sanctions placed on the country and earning nearly $200 million in 2017 from banned exports, Reuters reported Friday.

The UN report released on Friday said there was "substantial new evidence" pertaining to Pyongyang's military co-operation with Damascus, including at least three visits by North Korean technicians to Syria in 2016.

Concerning North Korea's weapons provision to Myanmar, the report cited an anonymous country as saying it has evidence of the transactions, and that in addition to ballistic missiles Pyongyang also supplied conventional weapons, including multiple rocket launchers and surface-to-air missiles.

A U.N. panel of experts on North Korea said these nations and others are failing to stop the Kim Jong Un regime's efforts to fund its nuclear and missile programs, according to a report reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Their report states North Korea delivered "items with utility in ballistic missile and chemical weapons programs".

"The DPRK [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 reads. Both contained acid-resistant tiles that could cover an area equal to a large scale industrial project, the monitors reported.

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Syria agreed to destroy its chemical weapons in 2013.

Their draft report was distributed late this week to a United Nations committee overseeing North Korea sanctions compliance. They said Malaysia reported one shipment to the council committee and the remaining 15 shipments violated sanctions.

It pointed out "extensive use of a combination of multiple evasion tactics including indirect routes, detours, loitering, false documentation, trans-shipment through third countries" and other methods to obfuscate routes and hide the origin of North Korean coal.

Myanmar U.N. Ambassador Hau Do Suan said the Myanmar government "has no ongoing arms relationship, whatsoever, with North Korea" and is abiding by the U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Syria however told the panel that there were no North Korean technicians in its territory and that the only experts it was hosting from the country were involved in sports.

United Nations monitors also said North Korea had flouted UN financial sanctions through "deceptive practices" and engaged in "widespread conventional arms deals and cyber operations to steal military secrets".

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