UN report: North Korea violations render UN sanctions ‘ineffective’
There has been a massive increase in illegal ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products and oil, according to the report from the UN Security Council’s sanctions panel of experts, which was finalised on March 5 but released late Monday.
The experts also indicate that global banks and insurance companies are continuing to unwittingly facilitate payments for vessels involved in prohibited multi-million-dollar transfers of petroleum products and coal.
The violations render the latest UN sanctions, which were ramped up substantially in 2017, “ineffective,” the report states.
The rogue nuclear nation has also attempted to supply military equipment to groups including Yemen’s Houthi rebels, according to the report.
Germany’s UN ambassador Christoph Heusgen, who is also the chair of the North Korea sanctions committee, said it is clear that more work needs to be done to make sure sanctions are being adhered to.