orth Korea defies UN with arms sales and oil imports, report says

  North Korea has broken UN sanctions with a “massive” increase of oil imports and coal exports, a UN report has found.

  The 400-page document released Monday by the UN Panel of Experts on North Korea

said that Pyongyang had also tried to sell weapons in the Middle East and hacked banks across the world.

  The report comes after the collapse of last month’s talks between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jo

ng Un in Hanoi, Vietnam, in part due to disagreement over when to remove sanctions in exchange for steps toward Pyongyang’s denuclearization.

  The report said that Pyongyang rendered sanctions ineffective by increasing the number of ship-to-ship tran

sfers it conducts at sea. Japanese officials have observed North Korean ships engaging in purported ship-to-ship transfers.

  ”The country continues to defy Security Council resolutions through a massive i

ncrease in illegal ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products and coal,” the UN report said.

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