May 25, 2024
Analysis

Why an oil pipeline between North Korea and China rouses nuclear concerns

The U.N. set limits for how much crude oil China can send to the DPRK, but few know how much is really flowing through

North Korea fired its way back into international headlines in March when it launched two short-range ballistic missiles towards the East Sea, sparking outcry from officials in Seoul, Washington, Tokyo and beyond. 

Back in 2017, the United Nations had had enough with North Korea’s missile tests and enacted a series of economic sanctions against the country that were meant to starve off its nuclear program. Years later, it’s now clear that North Korea continues to develop its weapons, with Pyongyang rolling out its largest-ever ballistic missile for the world to see last October. 

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