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U.S. investigating DPRK firms to crack down on illicit trading

Sunday’s Asahi reported on the disclosure by a USG source that the Obama administration has launched an investigation into North Korean enterprises based in China with the goal of enforcing sanctions more effectively. The Obama administration urged Japan, South Korea, and Australia in early July to launch their own probes to investigate illegal trading such as exports of minerals and money laundering by DPRK “front companies.”

Sunday’s Yomiuri said the Chinese government appears to be moving to expand trade with North Korea to prevent the Kim regime from becoming unstable as a result of stronger sanctions and to protest a decision by South Korea to deploy a U.S. military THAAD missile defense system.

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