May 23, 2024

UN investigating claims of rampant North Korean wildlife trafficking in Africa

DPRK officials allegedly smuggled tens of millions in rhino horns and elephant tusks via Mozambique and other countries

The U.N. Panel of Experts overseeing DPRK sanctions is investigating allegations that North Korean officials engaged in multiple wildlife trafficking schemes in Africa between 2022 and 2023, according to its latest report.

The first case involves a North Korean diplomat in South Africa named Yun Kil and was first reported by the website Pyongyang Papers, an anonymous blog that publishes allegations of North Korean sanctions violations. 

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