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North Korea's oil smuggling blows past import cap: UN report

Ship-to-ship transfers become increasingly sophisticated

This photo provided by Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force shows an apparent ship-to-ship transfer involving a North Korean tanker in the East China Sea.

HANOI -- North Korea likely received far more petroleum in 2018 than allowed under United Nations sanctions, with Russia and China appearing to look the other way on illicit transfers of oil at sea.

Pyongyang was permitted to import 500,000 barrels of oil, but apparently exceeded that amount through smuggling alone, Nikkei has learned, based on a recent internal report by an expert panel under the U.N. Security Council's North Korea sanctions committee. The report adds to a series of documents noting such activities.

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