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North Korea Masters Sanctions Evasion as Kim’s Deadline Nears

  • There’s still ‘wiggle room’ in sanctions, ex-UN official says
  • Kim Jong Un has vowed to find a ‘new way’ if progress not made
Kim Jong Un

Kim Jong Un

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North Korea is poking holes through a global web of sanctions and generating enough cash to keep its nuclear weapons program moving along as a year-end deadline Kim Jong Un set to reach a deal with the U.S. approaches -- with little progress in sight.

Instead of “concrete, verifiable steps toward denuclearization” -- a mantra of President Donald Trump’s policy toward Pyongyang -- Kim has yet to make any concessions on his nation’s nuclear program. The ability of the North Korean leader to find ways around United Nations sanctions is making it difficult for America’s “maximum pressure” campaign to deliver on what the Trump administration has promised.