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Netherlands customs blocs deliver North Korea 90,000 bottles of vodka: NPR



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.

Minh Hoang / AP


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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."