10th April 2020
The EU on Thursday welcomed a report by the global chemical weapons watchdog blaming the Syrian government for toxic attacks, and said it was ready to consider further sanctions on Damascus. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on Wednesday for the first time explicitly blamed the regime of… Read More
27th March 2020
President Trump has called the coronavirus “the invisible enemy.” But when it comes to sanctions on North Korea, the pathogen may turn out to be his administration’s most effective ally. North Korea’s fear of coronavirus infection appears to have achieved what Mr. Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign against North Korean… Read More
27th March 2020
AP — Eight countries under unilateral sanctions, mainly from the United States and European Union, urged U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday to request the immediate and complete lifting of those measures to enable the nations to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. In a joint letter obtained by The Associated Press,… Read More
10th March 2020
North Korea has evaded United Nations sanctions for many months by exporting coal, sand and petroleum, and importing luxury goods including armored sedans, alcohol and robotic machinery. The findings are based on an upcoming U.N. report, other assessments using satellite images and shipping data, and interviews with analysts. The exports… Read More
6th March 2020
For several months last year, a steady stream of ships was observed dredging sand in a North Korean bay then transporting it to China, a Washington-based think-tank said on Wednesday. The extraction of sand from North Korea to China would violate a 2017 U.N. Security Council resolution that prohibits North… Read More
3rd March 2020
The Pyongyang Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference, an event which led last year to the controversial arrest and indictment of Ethereum developer Virgil Griffith for sanctions violations, was scheduled to take place again between 22–29 February. While the conference was always liable to postponement amid COVID-19 panic and… Read More
3rd March 2020
A Swiss company was accepting smuggled fuel from Libya inside tanks leased from Enemed between 2014 and 2015, to resell the oil at sea and the European market. Kolmar, of Zug, acquired the oil from the smuggling operation ran by Libyan smuggler Fahmi Slim Ben Khalifa, and Maltese nationals… Read More
3rd March 2020
Thought leaders from across the globe on Monday joined a UN panel tasked with making recommendations to fix the financial system that lacks effective ways to deal with tax evasion, tax avoidance, money laundering and corruption. The High-Level Panel on International Financial Accountability, Transparency and Integrity for Achieving the 2030… Read More
17th February 2020
AP — U.N. experts say North Korea has increased imports and exports of banned and restricted goods such as coal and petroleum products as it continues to enhance its illicit nuclear and ballistic missile programs in violation of sanctions. The experts identified new methods that the country is using… Read More
11th February 2020
North Korea continued to enhance its nuclear and ballistic missile programs last year in breach of United Nations sanctions, according to a confidential U.N. report seen by Reuters on Monday. The country also illicitly imported refined petroleum and exported some $370 million worth of coal with the help of Chinese… Read More