Russian tankers fueled North Korea via transfers at sea

Reuters cites two senior Western European security sources in reporting Russian ship have smuggled fuel to North Korea on at least three occasions in recent months. The security sources say naval intelligence and satellite imagery of tankers operating out of Russian Far Eastern ports revealed the smuggling, which breaches United Nations sanctions. North Korea relies on imported fuel to keep its struggling economy alive, as well as to maintain its  intercontinental ballistic missile and nuclear program. The revelation of Russian smuggling comes at a time in which U.S. President Trump has been criticizing China for allegedly illicitly shipping oil products to North Korea.


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