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North Korea Found to Have Made $200 Million by Dodging UN Sanctions

  • Kim Jong Un’s regime shipped coal to China, Russia, others
  • UN monitors say more action needed to stop resource exports

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North Korea received almost $200 million between January and September 2017 from exports of coal, iron, steel and other commodities banned under UN Security Council resolutions meant to crack down on Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions, according to a confidential report.

Coal shipments were delivered to China, Malaysia, South Korea, Russia and Vietnam by ships using combination of “deceptive navigation patterns, signals manipulation, transshipment,” independent United Nations monitors said in the report, which was seen by Bloomberg News.