49 countries have been violating sanctions on North Korea

Lester Mason
December 7, 2017

President Trump has been tightening the screw on North Korea, ramping up sanctions and urging other countries to sever trade links with Kim Jong Un's regime.

A USA think tank says that 49 countries have violated global sanctions against North Korea over the last three years.

The UN Security Council adopted a sanctions resolution against Pyongyang in September, in which it capped exports of crude oil to North Korea at current levels, and refined oil products at 2 million barrels a year from 2018 and half a million barrels from October to December 2017.

It also notes that global pressure on North Korea has proven effective, as several countries cut trade and diplomatic ties with Pyongyang.

The report said that 13 of the countries, including Angola, Cuba, Mozambique, Tanzania, Iran, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Syria, have been linked with North Korea's military. These countries either received military training from North Korea or traded military-related equipment with the hermit state.

All but five of the 49 countries have violated sanctions in other ways, such as facilitating front companies for the North Korean regime or importing sanctioned goods and minerals. The report said 20 countries were found to have provided assistance to North Korea by, for example, changing the national registration of ships to disguise their origin. The report adds that in addition to cutting all non-humanitarian-essential trade with North Korea, worldwide pressure can be effective, at least in the short run, as seen with Uganda when they expelled all North Korean arms dealers back in October.

Uganda has a deep military relationship with North Korea, with its police and military receiving training support from the North.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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