Fertilizer chemical tops North Korea’s imports from China in December
Expert says DPRK has long lacked fertilizer for farming and likely purchased chemical with recent ‘additional revenues’
North Korea procured record quantities of a fertilizer chemical from China in December, knocking imports of human hair for wigs off the top spot.
North Korea and China trade spiked to a four-year high of nearly $260 million in the last month of 2023, and NK Pro analysis of line-item data from China’s General Administration of Customs shows that the DPRK imported record quantities of a chemical used in fertilizers in December.
Pyongyang procured almost 40,000 tons of diammonium hydrogen orthophosphate worth $25.3 million, representing a nearly 25-fold jump from November and its highest monthly value in 2023. [/p
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