RUSI: PROJECT SANDSTONE TO SYSTEMATICALLY ANALYSE AND EXPOSE NORTH KOREAN ILLICIT SHIPPING NETWORKS

RUSI’s Project SANDSTONE is a new effort to systematically analyse and expose North Korean illicit shipping networks.  Using open source data-mining and data-fusion techniques to spot activities of interest without reference to classified data, the project aims to provide open-source intelligence and actionable evidence to those engaged in enforcement and the policy community in general.

A first report examines potential connections between Chinese state-owned enterprises and the North Korean arms trade.  It examines in greater detail the networks behind the Jie Shun, a Cambodian-flagged cargo ship that was discovered with a large cache of North Korean munitions hidden underneath a cargo of sanctioned iron ore in 2016.

https://rusi.org/publication/other-publications/project-sandstone-report-1-jie-shun-incident

https://rusi.org/project/project-sandstone

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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