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North Korea Found to Have Made $200 Million by Dodging UN Sanctions

UN Report: North Korea Sold Weapons to Syria and Myanmar

It also said that North Korea made around 200 million dollars previous year by exporting coal and other commodities in violation of United Nations sanctions aimed at reigning in the country's nuclear weapons programme.

Over the past year, North Korea has been subject to three Security Council resolutions imposing sanctions for detonating its sixth and most powerful nuclear test as well as a spate of ballistic missile tests showing signs of advanced technology.

Kim Jong Un's government may also be involved with the government of Syria, according to the report.

The council moved to curb North Korea's coal exports - the cash-strapped country's biggest foreign currency earner - in 2016 and introduced a total ban on them in August 2017.

A member-state, which was not named, also notified the panel that Myanmar had received "ballistic missile systems from (North Korea) in addition to a range of conventional weapons, including multiple rocket launches and surface-to air missiles".

Apart from coal, it accused North Korea of continuing to export "almost all the commodities prohibited in the resolutions", with major sources of revenue coming from banned trade in resources such as iron and steel as well as iron ore.

The 213-page report - seen by multiple news agencies - said North Korea used false paperwork to hide the origin of the coal it shipped to other countries, including Russia, China, South Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam.

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The United States led the push for tough economic sanctions after North Korea's sixth nuclear test and a series of ballistic missile launches that raised fears that the U.S. mainland could soon be within reach. Both contained acid-resistant tiles that could cover an area equal to a large scale industrial project, the monitors reported.

"This year could represent a critical window of opportunity before a potential miscalculation with disastrous implications for worldwide peace and security", the experts said.

The UN monitors also say they investigated 40 unreported shipments from North Korea to Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Centre, which is in charge of Syria's chemical weapons program, between 2012 and 2017.

The experts said Pyongyang is still able to access the global financial system through "deceptive practices combined with critical deficiencies in the implementation of financial sanctions".

"Myanmar and Syria continued to co-operate with North Korea's main arms exporter, Komid, despite it being on a United Nations sanctions blacklist", the report said.

They also inspected cargo from two North Korean shipments intercepted by unidentified countries en route to Syria.

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