South Korea breached UN rules by failing to report more than 300 tonnes of petroleum products sent to North Korea in 2018, according to a report published Wednesday.
The discrepancy was revealed by the NK News website, which monitors and tracks North Korean activity.
Any UN member sending petroleum products to North Korea is subject to strict regulations and reporting requirements. Under UN Security Council resolution 2397, adopted in 2017, member states must notify a sanctions committee every 30 days of the amount of refined petroleum products supplied, sold or transferred to Pyongyang.
“We only used petroleum products to carry out joint inter-Korean projects, and our view is that this does not harm the purpose of sanctions on North Korea,” South Korea’s foreign ministry told Reuters Wednesday.
The UN Security Council said that only Russia and China — two of North Korea’s main trading partners — provided the necessary documentation in 2018.
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