On 28 September, NK News provided a round-up of the key findings of the recent UN Panel of Experts report on North Korea sanctions, which build an increasingly clear picture of a North Korea that is able to circumvent rules to survive. These include that ā€“

  • Syria invited at least 800 North Korean military personnel and laborers to work in the country in the second half of 2019;
  • at least 7 teams of North Korean IT workers continued to work in Russia and China, despite a late 2019 ban on DPRK laborers abroad;
  • North Korea imported at least 3 custom-armoured luxury cars worth nearly $500,000 each throughout 2019, and kept trying to do so in 2020;
  • a Spanish aristocrat who founded and manages a controversial pro-North Korea sympathiser group, the Korea Friendship Association (KFA), violated U.N. sanctions by facilitating a prohibited joint venture operation in 2019;
  • North Korean football player Han Kwang Song has been contracted to earn more than $5 million playing for the Al-Duhail Sports Club over the next 5 years;
  • Mansudae Arts Studio has been linked to statues scattered across several African countries, particularly in French-speaking nations;
  • North Korea may have exceeded a UN-imposed yearly fuel cap just one month into 2020;
  • DPRK coal smugglers were able to make at least 33 shipments between late March and early May 2020; and
  • South Korean businesspeople who purchased artwork from a sanctioned North Korean art studio were ultimately prosecuted for violating South Korean law.

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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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