China, India and Thailand largest precious metal traders with N. Korea: UN Comtrade
PRC's trade in precious metals amounted to a quarter of a billion dollars since 2006
China, India, and Thailand appear to be major players in a group of around 90 countries which have traded gold, silver or jewelry with North Korea since UN sanctions were implemented in 2006, analysis of the UN’s Comtrade database shows.
While sanctions breaches would depend on the timing and direction of the trade flow, many of the exports over the 11-year period could fall afoul of UN mandated restrictions limiting the sale of luxury items to the DPRK.
Precious metal trade with the DPRK may also provide it with the means to pay for other sanctioned
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