North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Tonham on Tuesday before meeting with President Trump. Dutch customs officials say they seized 90,000 bottles of Russian vodka on their way to a communist country. Such exports are prohibited under US sanctions.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Tonham on Tuesday before meeting with President Trump. Dutch customs officials say they seized 90,000 bottles of Russian vodka on their way to a communist country. Such export is prohibited under U.N.
Minh Hoang / AP
Dutch customs officers intercepted thousands of bottles of Russian vodka, which they believed were intended for the ruling elite of North Korea, including Kim Jong Yun and senior military leaders, according to the Dutch investigation.
The forbidden bust in Rotterdam comes on the eve of a two-day meeting between Kim Jong-un and President Trump in the capital of Hanoi.
A shipping vessel containing 90,000 bottles of Stolbovaia vodka hidden under the fuselage of an aircraft transported inside a Chinese cargo vessel was discovered on Friday.
The ship, called the Nebula, arose in Russia, stopped in Hamburg and was about a day from Rotterdam, one of the largest ports in the world. The documents relating to the container container route indicated that China was the final destination, but the authorities, which was warned by the computer program, suspected it was really intended to reach North Korea's Pyongyang, and tagged it for verification.
"We do not want to release more information than we need about our strategy of control," said Arno Kuy, Director of Risk Management for Customs Administration. "But I can tell you that, based on the available information, we suspected that this container was subject to a sanctions regime for North Korea."
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"The United Nations Security Council has clearly imposed sanctions on North Korea and it has been important in support of them, "said Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag, adding that the agency is" fully justified "in confiscating vodka.
Kim Jong-un, who has spent at least some years since his establishment in Switzerland, has repeatedly despised sanction laws and consistently has developed methods to circumvent the ban all over the world, reported in a message.
Last year, South Korean MP Yong Sang-Hyun estimated that the North Korean leader had imported about $ 700 million worth of luxury goods from China in 2017. this country, like Russia, in recent years has weakened the sanctions on its use.
"Kim bought magnificent items from China and other places like a seaplane not only for his family, but also expensive musical instruments, high-quality televisions, sedans, liquids, watches and fur, as gifts for elites who support his regime, – Yun said in a statement, according to Reuters.
On the basis of Yuna's data, Kim spent about $ 35 million on liquors in the same year.
As far as The general population of North Korea, people live on limited diets and Farmers in agriculture believe that the country is unable to feed all its citizens.
In addition, the "UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report, 2017, two of each" The North Koreans are malnourished, meaning their calorie intake does not fit healthy thresholds – for example, 1080 calories a day for children under 5 years of age and 2,900 calories per day for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.