HIGH SEAS SHELL GAME: HOW A NORTH KOREAN SHIPPING RUSE MAKES A MOCKERY OF SANCTIONS

 

On 3rd March, the Washington Post carried a thorough article beginning in a seaport called Kholmsk in Russia’s Far East.  It says that at least 4 ships of different flags showed up in August and September to unload North Korean anthracite.  Then, 6 other ships arrived to pick up coal and deliver it to foreign markets- the illicit North Korean coal transformed into Russian coal, which can be legally sold anywhere – some ending up in South Korea and Japan.  Citing the recent UN report, it says that North Korea developed a complex scheme that depended on stealth, falsified documents and the heavily choreographed participation of officials and businesses in at least 3 countries.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/high-seas-shell-game-how-a-north-korean-shipping-ruse-makes-a-mockery-of-sanctions/2018/03/03/3380e1ec-1cb8-11e8-b2d9-08e748f892c0_story.html?utm_campaign=buffer&utm_content=buffer8bdd5&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_term=.be1be1fe97db

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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