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Despite sanctions, North Korea exported coal to South and Japan via Russia: intelligence sources

PARIS/LONDON/MOSCOW: North Korea shipped coal to Russia last year which was then delivered to South Korea and Japan in a likely violation of UN sanctions, three Western European intelligence sources said. The UN Security Council banned North Korean exports of coal last Aug. 5 under sanctions intended to cut off an important source of the foreign currency Pyongyang needs to fund its nuclear weapon and long-range missile program. But the secretive Communist state has at least three times since then shipped coal to the…