N.Korean Traders Still Break UN Embargo

  • By Lee Kil-seong

    October 13, 2017 09:27

    North Korea continues to sell seafood to China despite a UN Security Council ban on its seafood exports, CNN reported Wednesday.

    Reporters visited a market in the border city of Hunchun in late September. "The ban in August hit hard in places like Hunchun. Large seafood processing centers closed, businesses suffered and some traders staged small protests, local residents said," CNN said. But "North Korean crabs were abundant at markets."

    One elderly woman showed reporters crabs in a cold tank that had been smuggled from the North the previous night. They were selling at 180 yuan per kg. "It's a bit more expensive now than it used to be," she said.

    The shopkeeper nearby also showed big hairy crabs that had been shipped from the North about four days earlier.

    Another shopkeeper explained how the crabs are smuggled in. People "put them in a plastic bag in North Korea and 'float them over' the Tumen River, which forms part of the border between the two countries," she said.

    "A 10-minute drive from the market is a seafood restaurant advertising freshly caught crab," CNN reported. "A friendly waitress took us to the back and pointed out the North Korean crab. Pick out the one you want, she said, and we'll cook it up for you immediately."

    On Aug. 5, the UNSC banned exports of North Korean coal, minerals, and seafood in the wake of its successive launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles. The Chinese Ministry implemented the ban 10 days later.

    But the reality in this border region corroborates U.S. President Trump's complaint "that China isn't doing enough to squeeze [Kim Jong-un's] regime over its nuclear weapons program," CNN said.

    Meanwhile, NK News also raised suspicions on Thursday that China is quietly violating sanctions. Four North Korean ships, including one blacklisted by the UN, arrived in a Chinese port handling unpacked cargo like coal, iron and iron ore late last month and early this month, it said.

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