North Korea’s dictator is taking advantage of the poverty of Africans to create unfathomably worse conditions for his own people.
Last week we noted that it appeared that United Nations sanctions against North Korea had begun to work, as the militant country cut back on its military exercises mainly due to the sanctions on oil imports.
However, North Korea has been caught dodging those sections through Mozambique’s rusting shrimp trawlers.
A CNN investigation caught North Korea’s latest attempt to avoid sanctions by using fishing business and front firms, catching North Korean fisherman red handed on boats in Maputo, Mozambique.
US officials have long said that money from these businesses goes straight to Kim Jong Un’s nuclear missile programme.
UN and US investigators are looking closer at at least 11 African countries’ relationship to North Korea.
Speaking to CNN, Hugh Griffiths, chief investigator of the UN Panel of Experts, listed a number of military activities between the countries, all of which have been banned under sanctions since 2006.
He said: ”Air missiles, manned portable surface-to-air missiles, military radar, air defense systems, the refurbishment of tanks — it’s a long list.”
“The foreign currency generated and the revenues generated from all of this conventional military activity can be used to fund the DPRK — that’s North Korea’s — prohibited nuclear and ballistic missile programs.”
The video report is below, and offers a detailed look at how Kim Jong Un is using poor, African nations to help him continue is rogue regime.
One has to wonder what President Donald Trump will make of continued funding for the African countries that are aiding North Korea’s exporters.
Meanwhile, a new UN report indicates that the rogue nation has earned over $200 million from the export of coal and other banned items.
The report was authored by a panel of experts investigating North Korea and has been sent to a UN committee on North Korea. CNN has obtained key sections of the report from a UN diplomat who is not authorized to speak publicly.
CNN has not reviewed the entire document.
Despite numerous rounds of international sanctions, North Korea exported almost all the commodities that had been prohibited in the resolutions between January and September of last year, the report indicates.
It also indicates that North Korea exported coal to China, Malaysia, Russia and Vietnam, in addition to falsifying documents to conceal the origin of the coal.
China has consistently denied breaching sanctions.
It does not appear that North Korea is entirely closed for business..at least the kind that serves its dictator.
Many Legal Insurrection readers will recall the moving story of North Korean defector Ji Seong-ho, who Trump cited at his State of the Union speech. Ji lost a leg and an arm while scavenging coal as a boy, and later fled to South Korea on crutches that he waved to the audience.
A few days after the address to the nation, the President met with other North Korean defectors as well:
During the meeting, Trump asked the defectors to tell their stories — some using a translator while others spoke about their experiences in English. After each story, Trump replied with phrases like “tough stuff,” and congratulated the defectors on their freedom.
Hyeonseo Lee, another defector who met with Trump, said escaping from North Korea is not like leaving another country.
“It’s more like leaving another universe. I will never truly be free of its gravity no matter how far I journey. After I escaped to China, I escaped an arranged marriage when I was 19, and I also escaped a brothel. And eventually, I was arrested by the Chinese police, but narrowly avoided being repatriated back to North Korea because of my Chinese language abilities. They couldn’t believe that I was a North Korean defector,” she said.
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