Report: North Korea Imported Large Amounts of Diamonds, Wine, Cosmetics

(From UPI)

North Korea imported hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of luxury goods last year, including diamonds, wine and cosmetics, while curbing major global sanctions on the regime.

A report by the United Nations Security Council sanctions committee released last week found the regime had imported nearly $515,000 worth of diamonds from India from January to June last year.

$151,000 worth of sparkling wine and other spirits were shipped to the North from Germany.

The isolated state also imported Italian wine, Bulgarian perfume and cosmetics along with other luxury goods from Japan and Europe.

From January to September last year, the regime made some $200 million from illicit trading including coal, arms and other commodities it is prohibited from trading under U.N. sanctions.

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