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This North Korean-flagged tanker is suspected of participating in illegal ship-to-ship transfers in international waters. (Photo provided by Japan's Defense Ministry)
International relations

North Korea succeeds in dodging sanctions: UN report

Upcoming document to contain allegations of supplying Syrian chemical weapons factories

RINA TAKAHASHI, Nikkei staff writer | North Korea

UNITED NATIONS -- North Korea is suspected of evading international sanctions through illegal financial transactions and possible exports of supplies for making chemical weapons, a forthcoming United Nations report will say.

The country earned $200 million in income in the first nine months of 2017 through trade in prohibited commodities, including exporting coal -- disguised as coming from Russia or China -- to markets such as Malaysia and Vietnam, according to a summary of a report by an expert panel of the Security Council Sanctions Committee on North Korea. The full report is due out March 14.

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