Russia supplying North Korea with ever more coal and oil, Moscow business paper says

Kim Jong Un, the "Supreme Leader" of North Korea, supervises the April 22 test-launch of a missile from a submerged platform. (Image source: KCNA)

Kim Jong Un, the "Supreme Leader" of North Korea, supervises the April 22 test-launch of a missile from a submerged platform. (Image source: KCNA) 

Analysis & Opinion, Russia

In the face of Western efforts to isolate North Korea, Russia has almost doubled its sales of coal and oil to Pyongyang during the first quarter of this year compared to the last quarter of 2016, delivering 26.7 million US dollars’ worth of coal and 1.2 million dollars’ worth of oil, according to Moscow’s Birzhevoy lider.

The business paper points out that, media claims notwithstanding, these sales do not violate the international sanctions regime because oil is not on the list of goods not to be sold to North Korea but does say that Pyongyang is not able to pay for these deliveries out of current accounts.

During the first quarter of this year, the paper continues, North Korea sold Russia goods totaling only 420,000 US dollars. Most of these were either musical instruments or chemical products.

Last week, Russia began direct cargo and passenger shipping between Vladivostok and a North Korean port (for more info see “Russia opens shipping route between Vladivostok and North Korea.”).


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  • Bayethe

    If the DPRK is a paying customer., then why not?? At least it won’t be sponging off like The Ukraine that spent many years not Paying for the gas it got from Russia, accruing a huge gas debt.

    • zorbatheturk

      Bogovsky Savushkina snotbot.

    • Murf

      The article said that “not able to pay with current accounts.”

      • Bayethe

        Who knows exactly what agreements have been signed ?? It’s up to Russia to deal with a none paying customer but I don’t see the problem with the deal in itself. Do you ??

        • Murf

          Well, did bring up the non payment issue.
          Clearly it’s only as much of a problem as the Kremlin needs it to be.

        • Kruton

          Death to the Russian child rapers!

    • Kruton

      Kill all communist scum!

  • zorbatheturk

    DPRK is a RuSSian creation. Stalin appointed Kim Jong Un’s grandpap as Supreme Leader Forever.

    • Kruton

      Hitler could not have went to war without Soviet oil etc.,sound familiar.

  • veth

    Sounds like an Russian deal…haha

  • DC Musicfreak

    Brotherly criminal regimes.

  • rgb

    No telling what The russia is sending in the cargo to nk. Sure there are some sanctioned items hiding in the cargo.

    • JCDavis

      I wouldn’t be surprised if Russia sent hypersonic ship-killers to NK in those missile caravans of a few weeks ago. If Russia maintains ownership, it wouldn’t be an export and wouldn’t violate the sanctions.

  • Dirk Smith

    And why does ruSSia remain on the UN Security Council? Why hasn’t the World Cup been relocated?

    • JCDavis

      They are a permanent member. If you want an origination that only has members of the Western empire, that would be NATO.

      • Dirk Smith

        Allowed in as a gesture of good will by the Clinton Administration, which , of course, doesn’t fit the Tambov mafia’s propaganda narrative. Destroy Muscovy.

        • JCDavis

          They have been a permanent member since 1945. The chief victors in WW2 got permanent seats. Russia succeeded the Soviets in the SC without objection in 1991, and Bush was president at the time.

  • Dagwood Bumstead

    Kim Jong-un doesn’t need Dwarfstan’s coal as North Korea exported coal to China until very recently. OIl is a different matter however.
    As for paying for anything Dwarfstan sends, Kim will simply send more North Koreans to work off the debt to Moscow, building stadiums for the 2018 World Football Championship for instance.

  • JCDavis

    Why is Russia shipping coal to North Korea when China stopped buying coal from them? Seems they would have an excess of coal, and would be far more in need of oil. And given their coal deposits and philosophy of self-reliance, why aren’t they converting coal to oil?

    • tracy

      Because they are sick and tired of america blaming them for 2016 election

  • tracy

    Wow that is how much russia hates america putin is sick and tired of the american government blaming them for stealing the 2016 election LOL putin saying to himself so you want to fuck with me huh okay I will side with you enemy North korea