Saturday, February 3, 2018

CNN received key sections of the U.N. report: China, Russia not abiding by sanctions against N. Korea

China, Russia not abiding by sanctions against N. Korea
China, Russia, Malaysia and other nations are failing to curb sanctioned financial dealings and trade conducted by North Korea in their countries, according to a U.N. report.


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. CNN received key sections of the report.

Their draft report was distributed late this week to a U.N. committee overseeing North Korea sanctions compliance. It then goes to the Security Council.

In violation of U.N. sanctions, North Korean exported roughly $200 million in coal and other commoditie last year, the panel said. Much of the regime's coal and fuel shipments passed through Chinese, Malaysian, Vietnamese or Russian ports.

More than 30 representatives of North Korean financial institutions are operating in foreign nations, including Russian and China, the investigators said.

North Korea "is already flouting the most recent resolutions by exploiting global oil supply chains, complicit foreign nationals, offshore company registries and the international banking system," the document stated.

Several dozen times over the past decade, the report said, North Korean weapons have been shipped to Syria to develop a chemical-weapons program.
 (UPI)
 3/2/18
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