BREAKING News Out Of North Korea And It’s Really Bad

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North Korea exported coal and other banned commodities — earning the country roughly $200 million from the exports last year, according to a new report from the United Nations. 

That is a violation of U.N. sanctions.

The report to a U.N. Security Council sanctions committee, seen by Reuters on Friday, said North Korea had shipped coal to ports, including in Russia, China, South Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam, mainly using false paperwork that showed countries such as Russia and China as the coal origin, instead of North Korea.

Sanctions against North Korea, which have increased since 2006, according to Reuters, have been imposed by the U.N. in an effort to cut funding to the country’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

In addition to coal, North Korea is banned from exporting iron, lead and seafood, among other commodities. Its imports of crude oil and other petroleum products are also restricted, Fox News reports.

But despite the sanctions, the report reveals that China and Russia allegedly received coal from North Korea — contradicting previous claims that both countries were adhering to terms of the sanctions.

North Korea “is already flouting the most recent resolutions by exploiting global oil supply chains, complicit foreign nationals, offshore company registries and the international banking system,” the report stated, according to Reuters.

Additionally, the document alleges that Pyongyang has provided weapons to Syria and Myanmar — which is “further evidence of arms embargo and other violations, including through the transfer of items with utility in ballistic missile and chemical weapons programs,” the document read.

Reuters reports that they also inspected cargo from two North Korea shipments intercepted by unidentified countries en route to Syria. Both contained acid-resistant tiles that could cover an area equal to a large scale industrial project, the monitors reported.

One country, which was not identified, told the monitors the seized shipments can “be used to build bricks for the interior wall of a chemical factory.”

Syria agreed to destroy its chemical weapons in 2013. However, diplomats and weapons inspectors suspect Syria may have secretly maintained or developed a new chemical weapons capability.



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