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The vessel stopped signaling location after its arrival in the area
Planet imagery taken almost every day shows regular traffic despite sanctions
Tanker has been involved in both ship to ship transfers and direct deliveries to the DPRK
Shipments follow a similar trend to last year, numbers provided to the 1718 Committee show
The case is the latest in a series of unusual DPRK vessel broadcasts and voyages
The shipments included electrical and industrial items covered by designated trade codes
The vessel appeared to be headed for Yangon, though there are no docking records
Though reported shipments are just a fraction of probable illicit inflows
Drop is similar to that which occurred last year, indicating a seasonal low
The sharp increase follows a visit from Chinese President Xi Jinping in June
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