On 14 November, an Emerging Insight from RUSI says that, since the 1970s, involvement in criminal activities and the procurement of commodities and arms has put the country’s diplomatic corps in a good position to evade sanctions.  The paper provides a loose typology of North Korean diplomatic involvement in sanctions-busting, arguing that it mainly falls into 3 areas: revenue-raising; procurement; and supporting roles.  It uses examples to illustrate this framework and outline the full scope of North Korea’s diplomatic corps’ sanctions-busting; and argues that diplomatic networks – the missions, diplomats and their respective networks – are key nodes in the country’s sanctions-busting efforts, providing the skeleton of a near-to-global presence that has been used to undertake and support operations.

Accompanying the report is an Interactive Guide illustrating how North Korea has made tireless use of its diplomatic networks to raise revenue, procure goods and technologies from overseas, and provide financial and logistical support to its broader networks.

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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