Coal and accordions: what to sell Russia and North Korea

Coal and accordions: what to sell Russia and North Korea

Moscow this week joined the sanctions against North Korea, approved by UN security Council in November last year. But the main share of Russian exports go to products, the peaceful purpose of which is UN questioned.

Monday, October 16, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree toughening sanctions against the DPRK. They may affect only about 1% of current Russian exports to the country, estimated by the Russian service Bi-bi-si.

In the decree of Putin listed measures to implement resolution of the UN security Council of 30 November 2016. This document introduces new sanctions against North Korea.

Since then, the UN security Council adopted two resolutions, worsens the situation of the DPRK. Russia also approved, but special decrees based on them, Putin has not yet signed.

Against plutonium and porcelain

Sanctions were concerned primarily with trade, scientific, technical and financial cooperation between the two countries.

According to this document Russia (and other members of the UN) do not export to the DPRK of goods that contribute to the development of nuclear programs or are designed to create chemical and biological weapons.

You can’t put dual-use goods — those that can be used for both peaceful purposes and for nuclear program. In the list were the products of heavy engineering, chemical industry, electronics (e.g. navigation devices), software. Separately stipulated a ban on the export of plutonium-238 and neptunium-237.

In turn, Russian citizens and companies are now prohibited from buying in the DPRK and carry copper, Nickel, silver and zinc, and monuments of art and culture, luxury items. The document has a special clause: it is not possible to import carpets and tapestries worth more than $ 500 and kitchenware of porcelain worth more than $ 100.

With the help of statistics of the Federal customs service bi-Bi-si has analysed trade relations between Russia and North Korea for the years 2014-2017, comparing the customs codes of prohibited products from the decree of the President with the codes that are listed in the customs Declaration when sending goods to North Korea.