UN Reported North Korea Breached Sanctions with Nuclear Program

North Korea continues to test the limits of the rules when it comes to their nuclear program.  The UN released a report stating North Korea has breached the sanctions placed on them by the United Nations.  Along with the sanctions placed on China, North Korea imported refined petroleum.  It exported around $370 million in coal by accepting the helping hand from China’s barges.  This was a violation of the sanctions, according to the 67-page report, which will be released to the public next month.  The report was sent to the UN Security Council North Korea sanctions committee.

All of this is happening while the US works on resurrecting denuclearization talks between the two nations.  Inside the report, it states, “In 2019, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) did not halt its illicit nuclear and ballistic missile programs, which it continued to enhance, in violation of Security Council resolutions.  Despite its extensive indigenous capability, it uses illicit external procurement for some components and technology.”

The UN placed these sanctions on North Korea since 2006, and pressure has been added by the 15-member Security Council throughout the years.  Its goal was to cut ties with funds and shut down North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Those who monitored the sanctions found that a fresh bid made by North Korea clearly violated the policies within the sanctions.  Millions of tonnes of goods were banned from being exported from barges since 2017.

The report continued, “According to a Member State, the DPRK exported 3.7 million metric tons of coal between January and August 2019, with an estimated value of $370 million.  According to the Member State, most DPRK coal exports, an estimated 2.8 million metric tons, were conducted via ship-to-ship transfers from DPRK-flagged vessels to Chinese local barges.”

At least $22 million worth of sand was exported to Chinese ports by at least one million tonnes.  Both China and Pyongyang say they are implementing the sanctions placed by the UN.  The sanction monitors say otherwise.

Those monitors stated that North Korea is continuing to defy the sanctions by illicitly importing refined petroleum.  At the same time, they are out in the seas, and transfers are made from ship to ship and also through direct deliveries.

Dating back to 2017, North Korea reported they have only imported 500,000 barrels.  The US reported, their imports exceeded the capped limit “many times over.”  The tally was taken from January 1 through October 31 of 2019.

Sanctions placed on North Korea were not meant to affect North Korean citizens, but the report from the UN stated, “There can be little doubt that UN sanctions have had unintended effects on the humanitarian situation and aid operations, although access to data and evidence is limited and there is no reliable methodology that disambiguates UN sanctions from other factors.”

China and Russia have fought back against the UN, stating they were concerned North Korean citizens were being affected by the sanctions.  Both have supported North Korea and are pushing for ease of restrictions so that nuclear talks would be welcomed between the US and Pyongyang.  The response was swift from the US, Britan, and France, saying this is not a good time to lift the sanctions.

North Korea seems to be pulling a stunt out of Iran’s book as they are saying they are no longer subject to sanctions due to the default on the US not allowing more flexibility with the penalties.  They are calling the continued sanctions “brutal and inhumane.”

The monitors and the UN report reminded North Korea that they broke the deal first by carrying out 13 missile tests in 2019 and firing off 25 missiles, both submarine-launched ballistic missiles and short-range missiles.

Security monitors stated, “It continued to develop infrastructure and capacity for its missile program.”  They also went on to explain how North Korea continued using cyber attacks on financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges all over the world.

The UN report added, “These attacks have resulted in monetary losses and have provided illicit revenue for the DPRK in violation of financial sanctions.  These attacks are low-risk, high-reward, difficult to detect, and their increasing sophistication can frustrate attribution.”

It is unknown at this time which way the US will respond to the UN’s findings and reports.  They will most likely wait until it is released publicly before doing anything about the situation.  Added sanctions are an option, but the playing field is the same as Iran.  Neither can be trusted.

63 thoughts on “UN Reported North Korea Breached Sanctions with Nuclear Program

  1. What does exporting coal and importing refined petroleum have to do with Nuclear weapons research and development, they have as much right for industry as anyone else or does the the (U)ltimate (N)utjobs expect them to live in caves, grass huts, etc. and burning tallow to light their caves or huts?

    1. Hell Craig. thats how they live now . and is there any indication all this cash flow into the nk IS HELPING THE CITIZENS ….I THINK NOT

    2. WISE UP. The money they get for their “exports” more than likely goes directly to weapons production and buying components to manufacture weapons. The people there already live in the dark. Haven’t you ever seen the satellite images of NK at night?
      BTW, You don’t really think the money goes to buy food for the starving people now do you? Any food “bought” goes to feed his army and the little fat dictator.

      1. Cliff: Correct. The food goes to feed their fascist army and the funds go to further their dream of being the world’s poorest and most regressive nuclear superpower.
        NK is like prehistoric Neanderthals armed with Star Trek weaponry.

  2. I wish the Israeli nuclear arsenal was scrutinized as much as North Korea’s. When the Industrial Military Complex and its allies in the Anglo-American Judaic Establishment want to go to war, they create a boogyman. On this list is Kim Jung Un, Bashir Al Assad, the late Muammar Quaddafi, the counties of Iran and Russia and of course the Palestinians who they wrongfully portray as terrorists. People need to start recognizing Propaganda and B.S. when it is presented to them.

    1. I recognize your BS. Some countries can be trusted more than others, it is necessary to focus more attention to the ones that have proven to be less trustworthy. We do not create the boogyman, he defines himself by his actions.

  3. papasha408: Inasmuch as America had no compulsion against testing nuclear weapons on American soil to perfect their design, they obviously gave little thought toward detonating them against our valid enemies/threats, if History is any indication. Ever since the poor Japs were used as the Guinea pigs in WW2, there has been a shortage of Balls & Audacity in the nuclear arena. All the talk of “Fire & Fury” is mere words. Personally, I don’t deny the rights of the Israelis to nuke any Islamic country since they have been sworn enemies throughout recorded history, and it may well be Israel that comes to our defense when the hundreds of thousands of Muslims imported into this country throughout Obama’s two terms and “hidden in plain sight” realize their dream of “Islamic America” by using our own Nukes against us. Or did you think that Ilhan Omar in our very own House of Representatives was a devout Catholic?

  4. It past time rid the United States of the UN, clear the buildings and stop paying to keep the lights on. We can continue the relationships with those that we wish but to continue to pay for relationships with countries, peoples that would just as soon as see us dead is judicious.

  5. …..Watch….Wait. President Trump won’t be allowed to do a damn thing. Pelosi , as a pseudo president will dictate what is to be done and it will end up in war with NK by her treasonist idiocy. Congress already stopped Trump from declaring war, but, Pelosi will start on there like the one she started here against the Conservatives and the American citizens. She is signing her own death order doing this and taking Shiff and Nadler with her.

  6. Try reading some of the books written by the few who have managed to escape from this horror story. River of Darkness will change your viewpoint for sure. It is a few years back but others are more recent.

  7. AND just what is the UN going to do about it?……besides sit around wasting our money on themselves and expect us to deal with it.

  8. Don’t worry about the UN. If Kim JONG asks for it, he will get it, despite the UN! And he certainly has it coming…
    KJ takes his notes from our failing Demonrat Party… and he thinks he has a chance? Go for it Kim, we’ll be glad to flatten you out before dinner and YOU KNOW, that we can get er done… that still leaves a FAILED DeMoCrAp PaRtY and a failed again Soros, who really picked some winners, as usual, to do his dirty work. Killary is his star pupil…

  9. Although those sanctions where meant to force the #DPRK to slow/abandon their nuclear related activities,they were also meant to cause discontentment & suffering among citizens so they can overthrow the state. Otherwise,how can you expect a blockaded country to survive unless they breach them? Also this notion of Western countries on the #UNSC with a Veto power deciding on behalf of the rest of the world & how US Will react as if it’s between US & DPRK is wrong. Therefore, for sanctions to be effective,all countries should be treated as equals with equal say in decision making not otherwise.

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