North Korea scraps massive ‘motherships’ after using them to smuggle oil: Report
UN Panel of Experts identifies new tactic to destroy evidence as DPRK continues efforts to elude sanctions monitors
North Korea has enlisted two massive oil tankers known as “motherships” to help smuggle discounted Taiwanese oil into the DPRK, bolstering the country’s fuel smuggling efforts, according to a forthcoming U.N. report seen by NK Pro.
U.N. experts state in the report that the tankers have also already been scrapped, identifying a new trend in which vessels that catch sanctions monitors’ attention quickly sail to scrapyards to be torn apart, thereby destroying any physical evidence.
According to the report, the Mongolia-flagged Xiang Shun (IMO 9153800) and Palau-flagged Hong Hu (IMO 9125293) loaded refined petroleum
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