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N Korea at crossroads

North Korea exploits UN sanctions loophole to earn foreign currency

Country boosts exports of paintings and wigs to China

Paintings are displayed at a gallery handling North Korean art in Dandong, China. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

DANDONG, China/SEOUL -- North Korea is increasing exports of paintings and wigs to China, in an effort to earn foreign currency by exploiting a U.N. sanctions loophole.

While North Korea's exports to China halved in value on the year in 2018 due to the U.N. sanctions, China represents a record 95.8% of the country's trade value.

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