22 March: Seoul, South Korea

A New York Times report published March 22, 2021 reveals some details about how illicit oil reaches North Korea. The Times was able to track secret oil deliveries in violation of United Nations sanctions by piecing together reports and observations from a dozen journalists and convoluted maze of connections. UN sanctions limit North Korea’s imports of refined petroleum but they find ways of getting it anyway. “By reviewing satellite imagery, examining vessel reports, sifting through corporate records and interviewing key players, we were able to untangle a web of companies and individuals across Asia connected to the oil,” the NYT piece states. See the full report at