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>> Sanctions placed on North Korea by the United Nations were likely violated last year in shipments of North Korean coal, sent first to Russia and then onwards to South Korea and Japan. That's according to four intelligence sources in Europe and the United States. The latter believes the trade is still continuing today.
This is rare Reuters video from inside the North Korean port of Rajin, where many coal shipments come from. Pyongyang was banned from the export last August by the UN Security Council. The revelations come after US President Donald Trump accused Russia of helping North Korea skirt sanctions in a separate way, by getting banned supplies.
Russia's Foreign Ministry didn't respond to a request for comment on the coal shipments, but on Thursday their Deputy Prime Minister denied Trump's claims to us.>> He says you're deliberately undermining North Korea sanctions. Are you?>> No, we just believe that the only solution to the project is diplomatic one.
If the sanctions taken by international searching for multi lateral and we are part of these sanctions.>> Coal is an important funding source for Pyongyang's missile programs. The sources said it was offloaded in Russia before being placed onto separate ships for transport to South Korea and Japan. It's not clear which companies at the final destinations would have profited, and Reuters couldn't determine whether the ships on that second half of the journey knew the origins of their cargo.
But Russian port document show their listed destination as back in North Korea. Shipping tracking data shows otherwise