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Vessel appeared near Chinese coast, though did not appear to visit any ports
DPRK imports from PRC likely on course to pass $2 billion in total value by year's end
DPRK-flagged vessels continue to flout international maritime laws in busy waterways
Exports dropped similarly last year, numbers indicate
DPRK tobacco imports out-pace reported spending on cereals, beverages, and refined oil
DPRK imports from its neighbor rose to over $3 million in value compared to previous month
Vessel leaves South Korean waters and heads to an area near Shanghai
Images indicate the addition of a catalytic cracker, which could improve gasoline and diesel production
Traffic suggests DPRK's smuggling operations continue
DPRK also bought fewer food products from its neighbor in June, data shows
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