February 21, 2024

North Korea imported over 100,000 barrels of petroleum from Russia last year

UN data shows huge uptick in Russia’s exports of refined petroleum, though volume still lags behind pre-pandemic levels

Russia sent over 100,000 barrels of refined petroleum to North Korea last year amid growing ties between Moscow and Pyongyang, according to new U.N. data.

North Korea received a total of 105,845 barrels of refined petroleum from Russia in 2023, data released by the U.N.’s 1718 Sanctions Committee overseeing the DPRK sanctions regime showed.