UN experts say N. Korea flouts sanctions, earns millions

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North Korea received nearly $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. Countries involved in trade with the rogue state include China, Russia and Malaysia.

According to the report, the panel investigated North Korea's ongoing ballistic missile co-operation with Syria and Myanmar.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said violations of maritime operations involving North Korea are a problem.

United Nations monitors found that Myanmar and Syria continued to co-operate with North Korea's main arms exporter, Komid, despite it being on a United Nations sanctions blacklist.

A confidential report put together by a panel of experts revealed that North Korea had managed to make a whopping $200 million flouting sanctions.

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.

The latest resolution in December - in response to the launch of a ballistic missile that Pyongyang says is capable of reaching anywhere on the USA mainland - sharply lowered limits on North Korea's refined oil imports and authorized the inspection and seizure of ships suspected of smuggling banned items including coal and oil to and from the country.

Coal is also said to have been exported to several countries, including South Korea, using, quote, "a combination of multiple evasion techniques, routes and deceptive tactics".

Despite numerous rounds of worldwide sanctions, North Korea exported nearly all the commodities that had been prohibited in the resolutions between January and September of a year ago, the report indicates.

The investigations reveal "substantial new evidence" concerning Pyongyang's military cooperation with Damascus, including at least 3 visits by North Korean technicians to Syria in 2016.

Syria and Myanmar have previously been accused of carrying out acts that amount to crimes against humanity.

According to Reuters, the authors of the report investigated North Korean arms shipments with Syria and Myanmar.

The report was circulated to the United Nations committee which oversees North Korean sanctions compliance and is then to be passed on to the Security Council.

Between 2012 and 2017, Pyongyang has reportedly conducted over 40 shipments to the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center, a body that oversees the chemical weapons program in the country.

North Korean diplomats, in particular trade representatives, continue to provide logistical support for arms sales and help organize exchanges for military technicians, it said.

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.

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