Friday, March 11, 2016

DPRK's Imitation Silk Road moves luxury contraband through Mongolia

Chinese patrol boats on the Yalu river. S. Shaver/UPI


A China-based source who spoke to RFA on the condition of anonymity said a "reliable North Korean worker" had said North Korean diplomats have been taking banned items such as electronics and luxury goods on the Mongolian route as China cracks down on North Korea trade.
The source said Pyongyang's diplomats are using their passports to carry the goods across the border undetected. Electronic components that can be used in nuclear and missile production are being transported across the route. 
The goods are sometimes listed under a third-party firm or individual to cross into Mongolia from China, and the illegal goods movement is concealed by legitimate businesses. 
North Korea illicit trade in other parts of the world, however, is taking a blow ahead of sanctions implementation.

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