Amid an increasing trade row between Japan and South Korea which sees the states exchanging allegations, South Korea’s intelligence agency is reported as saying that foreign-flagged ships suspected of carrying North Korean coal docked at and departed from Japanese ports and Tokyo did not take action against them, in potential violation of UN sanctions. Yonhap News carried an article about this on 16th July. Cargo ships, such as the Togo-flagged Shinning Rich and the Belize-flagged Jin Long, made port calls in Japan, lawmakers told reporters. In placing export curbs on South Korea, Japan has recently raised suspicion that hydrogen fluoride shipped to South Korea from Tokyo was funnelled to North Korea in violation of UN sanctions. The material can be used to produce chemical weapons. South Korea rejects the suggestion.
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