United Nations: Pyongyang continues to import banned materials
Baghdad / the Iraqi future
North Korea has increased imports and exports of banned and restricted goods such as coal and petroleum products, while continuing to promote illegal nuclear and ballistic missile programs, in violation of sanctions, UN experts said. Experts have identified new methods the country is using to evade UN sanctions, including transporting 2.8 million metric tons of coal from ships flying the North Korean flag to Chinese ships then heading to Chinese ports. This is in violation of the August 2017 Security Council resolution banning all coal exports, and it is North Korea's largest source of foreign exchange.
The experts said that the figures came from a member state, which they did not identify by name. They added, "A number of experts believe that this information is verifiable." The Chinese delegation to the United Nations strongly rejected any claim that China violated the sanctions, and said earlier this week that the country "always faithfully and seriously fulfills its international obligations and incurred heavy losses and tremendous pressure in this process." The mission expressed "dissatisfaction and concern" over the leak of the experts' report, which was not due to be published until next month.