>> The small border between Russia and North Korea may have been busy. According to a new report by the Wall Street Journal, Russia has been allowing thousands of North Korean laborers into the country, and granting new work permits, potentially, in violation of UN sanctions. The paper on Thursday cited records from the Russian Interior Ministry and said that over 10,000 new workers had registered since September.
This all comes as UN sanctions continue to squeeze Pyongyang in hopes of getting the country to get rid of its nuclear weapons. UN officials are now probing potential violations of those sanctions by Russia, according to The Journal. But since Kim Jong Un's meeting with Donald Trump in June, there's been concern that the policy of maximum pressure against the North might be losing steam.
Last month, the US accused North Korea of breaching a sanctions cap on refined petroleum and mentioned one case of a ship to ship transfer involving a Russian flagship. And according to US-based think tank on Thursday, initial restrictions in China and Russia where around 80% of North Korean laborers are believed to work appear to have loosened.