An annual expert report delivered to the 15 members of the United Nations Security Council (UN) revealed that North Korea imports more and more illegal oil. The country “increased purchases, thanks in particular to oil ships increasingly with foreign flags and delivered directly (their cargo),” the text says.
In 2017, Korea’s capital and largest city, Pyongyang, was the target of several series of international sanctions that limited its oil imports and banned its exports of coal, fishing and textile equipment to force it to halt its programs of nuclear and ballistic weapons.
According to the document, “North Korea continues to ignore UN resolutions exporting illegally, especially coal.” In addition, the country maintains “access to international banking networks in violation of UN resolutions, mainly through intermediaries. He continues to buy virtual currency illegally and carries out cyber attacks against banks to avoid financial sanctions.”