North Korea imported up to eight times its legal fuel limit in 2020: UN report
Illicit fuel imports similar in scale to 2019, but coal exports dropped sharply after July's COVID-19 restrictions
North Korea illegally imported up to eight times more refined petroleum than allowed in 2020, but coal exports slowed down soon after the country tightened its COVID-19 lockdown measures in late July, according to a new U.N. report.
U.N. sanctions limit the amount of refined petroleum that North Korea can import to 500,000 barrels per year, but scores of vessels still delivered massive amounts of fuel in the first nine months of 2020, an unpublished U.N. Panel of Experts (PoE) year-end report seen by NK Pro shows.
“According to a Member State, at least 121 shipments
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