On 28 May, 38 North reported that high-resolution satellite imagery of North Korea’s Nampho port area taken in July last year shows 2 barges carrying unusual cargos, adding to findings from the UN Panel of Experts that North Korea is now using these difficult-to-trace vessels to move a wider variety of sanctions-breaking shipments. It is noted how North Korea had used barges on at least seven occasions to carry vehicles and industrial equipment in breach of UN Security Council Resolutions, publishing images showing the vessels transporting trucks and tanker railcars. North Korea had previously only used this type of barge to transport designated raw materials. It says that the expanded use of these barges could spell additional trouble for sanctions enforcement going forward. The vessels are difficult to differentiate and broadcast little or no identifying information, making typical open-source methods related to tracking associated company networks and their owners more challenging.
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