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February 4, 2018

As international observers say North Korea continues to flout bans on its pursuit of a nuclear weapons program, the UN Security Council has increased sanctions on the country. In addition, the United States, Japan and South Korea have issued their own measures to alter the country's atomic ambitions.

North Korea earned nearly $200 million (€160 million) in 2017 by exporting a wide range of banned goods in violation of international sanctions, according to details of a confidential United Nations report.

Pyongyang was able to sell coal, steel, iron and petroleum products between January and September 2017 to multiple countries, monitors said, despite UN sanctions barring their export.

rs,mkg/jlw (Reuters, AP, AFP)