April 13, 2024

U.S. releases new imagery of North Korea-linked illicit STS oil transfers

State Department says UN must “formally recognize” breach of caps on refined petroleum transfers

The U.S. State Department on Friday released a series of notated images further detailing purported illicit ship-to-ship transfers (STS) by North Korea-linked vessels earlier in the year.

In evidence released by the State Department’s International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN) Bureau, the U.S. appears to be hoping to build on evidence tying several ships, some designated and some listed as linked to the activity, to sanctions-busting STS transfers.

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