July 25, 2018 12:54
The U.S. in an advisory Monday warned of ways North Korea is trying to bypass international sanctions.
The advisory was a shot across the bow of businesses, individuals and governments around the world who might try to help the North dodge the sanctions. It comes amid suspicions that the government here deliberately dragged its heels over illegal shipments of North Korean coal.
Earlier, Washington singled out 239 North Korean companies involved in illegal trade and warned against doing business with them "in order to implement effective due diligence policies, procedures, and internal controls to ensure compliance with applicable legal requirements."
The 17-page advisory lists "deceptive practices" used by the North in trade and sending of slave labor abroad.
It singles out Pyongyang's use of fake country-of-origin labels for its products, like a Chinese business subcontracting production of clothes to a North Korean company and selling them as Chinese products, or another Chinese business importing and reprocessing North Korean seafood.
It also lists 42 countries where North Korean laborers are still being exploited, including Algeria, Angola, China, Equatorial Guinea and Russia, adding that the U.S. is monitoring them to see whether they violate UN Security Council resolutions.
It warns that violators could be fined double the amount of each transaction or a penalty of US$300,000 per violation, and face prosecution.
The State Department said in a press release that sanctions will remain in effect, and the international community cannot afford to loosen pressure until the North is denuclearized.
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