UN draft report claims Singapore companies illegally sent luxury goods to N Korea:
A leaked draft of a United Nations report claims 2 Singapore companies have violated UN sanctions by providing luxury products to North Korea.
The final report was submitted to the UN Security Council and is very likely to be published later this week.
Singapore’s government said that it was conscious of the cases and had started investigating where there was “credible information” of possible offences.
The UN and Singapore ban the sale of luxury goods to North Korea.
International sanctions against North Korea have tightened considerably over the last two years as Pyongyang has continued to conduct nuclear tests and launch missiles.
Regardless of the recent development which unprecedented talks between North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un and US
President Donald Trump may occur later this year, UN sanctions against North Korea will probably remain in place.
Critics say that the alleged violations by Singapore companies if proven, raise questions about how widespread such breaches might be across Asia.
The leaked UN report highlights two Singapore-based companies, among others in Asia.
It alleges the two companies supplied a range of luxury products to North Korea, including spirits and wines, until as recently as July 2017.