North Korea earned US$200 million by flouting United Nations sanctions

N. Korea earned RM777 million from banned exports says UN

Myanmar's ambassador to the United Nations denies any "ongoing arms relationship" with North Korea.

The Syrian government allegedly used chemical weapons against civilians in 2013 and agreed to destroy its stockpile later that year.

Investigators highlighted that North Korea "is already flouting the most recent resolutions by exploiting global oil supply chains, complicit foreign nationals, offshore company registries and the worldwide banking system", the document states.

It said "there was proof that Pyongyang was helping Syria to develop chemical weapons and providing ballistic missiles to Myanmar".

A confidential United Nations monitor report claimed North Korea has earned almost $200 million in exports in 2017, according to Reuters.

United Nations (UN) monitors have accused North Korea of violating global sanctions placed on the country and earning nearly $200 million in 2017 from banned exports, Reuters reported Friday.

This undated photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on February 1, 2018, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un at the newly-remodeled Pyongyang Trolley Bus Factory in Pyongyang. But diplomats and weapons inspectors suspect Syria may have secretly maintained or developed a new chemical weapons capability.

The delivery of oil and oil products to North Korea should not be reduced, Moscow's ambassador to Pyongyang was cited as saying by RIA news agency on Wednesday, adding that a total end to deliveries would be interpreted by North Korea as an act of war.

It pointed out "extensive use of a combination of multiple evasion tactics including indirect routes, detours, loitering, false documentation, trans-shipment through third countries" and other methods to obfuscate routes and hide the origin of North Korean coal.

North Korea has sold weapons to Syria and Myanmar, according to a draft United Nations report quoted by USA media on Friday which also accused China and Russian Federation of failing to do enough to curb the country's illegal trade. It then banned all exports of coal by North Korea on August 5. They said Malaysia reported one shipment to the council committee and the remaining 15 shipments violated sanctions.

The report said "if confirmed, it would constitute the resolution's violation".

The UN monitors also investigated ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products, violating UN sanctions.

Syria denied the presence of North Korean technicians in its territory, claiming that the only experts it was hosting from the country were involved in sport.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the launching of the medium-to-long range strategic ballistic rocket at an unspecified location on September 16, 2017.

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