NORTH KOREA HAS NOT STOPPED NUCLEAR AND MISSILE PROGRAMMES AND VIOLATING OTHER SANCTIONS, SAYS UN EXPERTS REPORT

France 24 on 4th August reported that a summary of the report by experts monitoring UN sanctions against North Korea, sent to the UN Security Council and obtained by The Associated Press, said the DPRK has not stopped its nuclear and missile programme, and is also violating sanctions by transferring coal at sea and flouting an arms embargo and financial sanctions.  The report refers to “a massive increase in illicit ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products”.  The panel of experts said North Korea attempted to sell small arms and light weapons and other military equipment via foreign intermediaries, including Syrian arms traffickers; and it also still co-operating with the Syrian regime.  he experts said ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products, oil and coal involve “increasingly sophisticated evasion techniques” – including turning off Automatic Identification Systems (AIS), which are required to be on at all times under international regulations, physically disguising North Korean tankers, using small unregistered vessels, illegally changing names, carrying out night transfers and using additional vessels to trans-ship cargo.  Financial accounts closed in the EU to comply with sanctions were transferred to accounts at financial institutions in Asia.  North Korea is also using overseas companies and individuals to obscure income-generating activities for the government.

http://www.france24.com/en/20180804-north-korea-united-nations-sanctions-not-stopped-nuclear-missile-programs-experts-report?src=ilaw

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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