UN panel investigating N Korea sanctions violations in 20 countries

The UN Panel of Experts on N Korea sanctions is investigating possible violations of sanctions on North Korea under investigation in 20 countries. See the 2018/2019 annual UN Panel Report. The main points include:

Military Sanctions Violations

  • Reports of “clandestine procurement for nuclear programmes” in China. The panel is continuing to survey manufacturers of key nuclear procurement items, including designated companies Namchogang Trading Corp and Namhung Trading Corp;
  • Reports of military cooperation between DPRK and Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, Egypt and Iran; and
  • Violations of the arms embargo through sales of weapons and military equipment from DPRK to armed groups in Libya and Yemen via arms brokers based in Syria.

Financial and Trade Sanctions Violations

  • Diplomats’ role in circumventing asset freezes by “holding accounts in the name of family members and front companies and by establishing accounts in multiple jurisdictions”;
  • Cyber-attacks carried out by DPRK to acquire foreign currency and evade financial sanctions; and
  • The illicit importation of luxury goods such as a Rolls-Royce Phantom, Mercedes-Benz limousines and Lexus vehicles in violation of the luxury goods ban.

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About Michael O'Kane

Michael O'Kane

Michael was called to the Bar in 1992 and prior to joining Peters & Peters was a senior specialist prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service Headquarters (CPS). He was a key member of a small specialist unit responsible for the prosecution of serious and high-profile fraud, terrorist,...

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