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On the eve of a landmark summit, a Vietnamese oil tanker arrived in North Korea
Analysis

On the eve of a landmark summit, a Vietnamese oil tanker arrived in North Korea

Ships owned by UN-sanctioned entities also recently visited Vietnam

On the eve of a landmark summit, a Vietnamese oil tanker arrived in North Korea
Leo ByrneLeo Byrne February 28, 2019
Chinese owned, North Korean ship leaves Shanghai after loitering near the coast
News

Chinese owned, North Korean ship leaves Shanghai after loitering near the coast

Foreign companies and individuals are prohibited from operating DPRK flagged vessels by UN resolutions

Chinese owned, North Korean ship leaves Shanghai after loitering near the coast
Leo ByrneLeo Byrne February 22, 2019
Sanctioned DPRK oil tanker linked to STS transfers re-appears in Chinese waters
News

Sanctioned DPRK oil tanker linked to STS transfers re-appears in Chinese waters

An San 1 previously implicated in illicit ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products

Sanctioned DPRK oil tanker linked to STS transfers re-appears in Chinese waters
Leo ByrneLeo Byrne February 19, 2019
No verifiable changes to North Korea’s military capabilities: Abrams
News

No verifiable changes to North Korea’s military capabilities: Abrams

Sanctioned ship-to-ship transfers of oil products also continue, some in Chinese territorial waters

No verifiable changes to North Korea’s military capabilities: Abrams
Leo ByrneLeo Byrne February 12, 2019
Chinese state-owned firms linked to illicit North Korean network: report
News

Chinese state-owned firms linked to illicit North Korean network: report

Royal United Services Institute research reveals SOE connections to DPRK arms smuggling

Chinese state-owned firms linked to illicit North Korean network: report
Hamish MacdonaldHamish Macdonald February 8, 2019
U.S.-designated North Korean tanker arrives in Vladivostok
News

U.S.-designated North Korean tanker arrives in Vladivostok

DPRK tanker visits to foreign ports appear increasingly rare

U.S.-designated North Korean tanker arrives in Vladivostok
Leo ByrneLeo Byrne January 29, 2019
Sanctioned North Korean smugglers leave DPRK waters in 2019
Analysis

Sanctioned North Korean smugglers leave DPRK waters in 2019

Ships under U.S. sanctions and linked to Pyongyang's illicit operations headed further afield in the first few weeks of the year

Sanctioned North Korean smugglers leave DPRK waters in 2019
Leo ByrneLeo Byrne January 24, 2019
Heatmaps for 2018 show North Korean vessels’ disappearing footprint at sea
Analysis

Heatmaps for 2018 show North Korean vessels’ disappearing footprint at sea

But ships registered in Togo, Sierra Leone, Belize and Palau could be picking up the slack

Heatmaps for 2018 show North Korean vessels’ disappearing footprint at sea
Leo ByrneLeo Byrne January 13, 2019
PoE-identified North Korea coal smuggler continues to visit South Korea
News

PoE-identified North Korea coal smuggler continues to visit South Korea

Vessel has changed names, flags, and ownership structure since the UN reported illicit activity

PoE-identified North Korea coal smuggler continues to visit South Korea
Leo ByrneLeo Byrne January 8, 2019
North Korea’s reported vessel traffic plummeted last year, yet to rebound: analysis
Analysis

North Korea’s reported vessel traffic plummeted last year, yet to rebound: analysis

Though vessels flagged in other jurisdictions may have picked up some of the slack

North Korea’s reported vessel traffic plummeted last year, yet to rebound: analysis
Leo ByrneLeo Byrne December 28, 2018