Vessels involved in likely ‘coal-for-food’ arrangement reappear in Longkou
The reappearance of several vessels not seen for months or years coincides with an uptick in China-DPRK trade
Two North Korean vessels previously linked to a possible “coal-for-food” deal between Beijing and Pyongyang returned to the Chinese port of Longkou this month, ship tracking data shows, suggesting the trading arrangement continues apace thanks in part to a slow-to-adapt international sanctions regime.
In its latest report, the U.N. Panel of Experts (PoE) on North Korea described how the Min Hae and Thae Song 8 illegally exported coal to Ningbo-Zhoushan in early March before delivering rice, fertilizer and humanitarian goods from Longkou to Nampho in April. The vessels’ return to Longkou — as well as the appearance of
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