Organized Crime & Gangs

To make North Korean sanctions stick, the ‘gloves are off’ for U.S. in fight against Chinese smugglers

“A tough new sanctions resolution unanimously approved Aug. 5 by the U.N. Security Council bars North Korea from exporting $1 billion of its most profitable commodities, including coal. On Monday, China announced that it would ban imports of North Korean coal, iron and lead ores, and seafood, beginning Sept. 5. Yet, as with past sanctions, their bite will depend on how thoroughly the Chinese enforce them. In the past, sanctions have been largely ineffective because they targeted only North Koreans, not Chinese and others — such as Malaysians and Singaporeans — who have helped North Korea buy what it needs.”

Source: To make North Korean sanctions stick, the ‘gloves are off’ for U.S. in fight against Chinese smugglers – LA Times

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