Guns and money: Why US’ top North Korea diplomat is in Southeast Asia

Hong Kong (CNN)When US Ambassador Joseph Yun visits Myanmar this week, he’ll likely be trying to convince a longtime military partner of Pyongyang to join US efforts to rein in Kim Jong Un’s nuclear efforts.

It’s a tough task for the man who made headlines for helping to free American Otto Warmbier from North Korean detention last month.
But the trip, say analysts, is emblematic of a key tactic from the Trump administration: cutting off North Korean revenue, no matter how small or obscure the source.
    Yun’s first stop was in Singapore for talks at the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue, a multilateral forum for discussing security issues.
    But there may have been an ulterior motive in choosing the destination — Singapore-based businesses have been accused in recent years of helping North Korea evade sanctions.

    Arms trade

    Before elections in 2015, the military junta that previously ran Myanmar was believed to be one of the top purchasers of North Korean arms and weapons technology, according to the US Treasury Department.
    The proceeds, in turn, help to fund Pyongyang’s own weapons programs and the lavish lifestyle of North Korea’s elite.
    Though no longer fully in power, the Myanmar military still wields a significant degree of influence — and has come under scrutiny for its relationship with North Korea in recent years.
    “At a minimum, he’s going there to remind them that we (the United States) are watching,” said Anthony Ruggiero, a former deputy director of the US Treasury Department and an expert in the use of targeted financial measures, during a panel sponsored by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies last week.
    CNN has reached out to the Myanmar Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the trip and Myanmar’s relationship with North Korea, but they have not responded.

      Footage emerges of North Korea’s ICBM launch

    Cutting off North Korea’s illicit revenue streams has become increasingly important in the aftermath of what North Korea called its first successful intercontinental ballistic missile test.
    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson doubled down on American efforts to go after states violating international law in their dealings with Pyongyang.
    “Global action is required to stop a global threat,” Tillerson said. “Any country that hosts North Korean guest workers, provides any economic or military benefits, or fails to fully implement UN Security Council resolutions is aiding and abetting a dangerous regime.”
    Tillerson’s statement days after the US announced it was cutting financial ties between US banks and China’s Bank of Dandong, which the administration claims acts as a pipeline to support alleged illicit North Korean financial activity.
    “We will cut the money off to North Korea until they behave properly,” said US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
    China’s Foreign Ministry denounced the move, with spokesman Lu Kang saying Beijing was “against other countries imposing long-arm jurisdiction over Chinese entities or individuals based on their domestic law.”

    Guns and missiles

    Firms in both Singapore and Myanmar have been accused of buying or selling weapons from North Korea.
    A United Nations report earlier this year accused a company named Pan Systems Pyongyang of using an extensive network of agents, companies and offshore bank accounts in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and the Middle East to bypass sanctions to procure and market arms-related material.
    Pan systems did not respond to CNN’s calls for comment in March. Calls and emails to Pan Systems Singapore also went unanswered.
    A representative for Pan Systems in Singapore denied in March that the organization had any links to the Pyongyang branch of Pan Systems. “They use (the) Pan Systems (name) and say it’s a foreign company, but they operate everything by themselves,” Louis Low, managing director of Pan Systems, told Reuters.
    Another notable cases came in 2014, when the Singapore-registered Chinpo Shipping company was criminally charged in Singapore for doing business with North Korea’s Ocean Maritime Management company, which had been the target of international sanctions,according to the Singapore Foreign Ministry.
    Chinpo was later convicted and fined due to its violations.
    Myanmar was for years accused of purchasing Pyongyang’s ballistic missile technology. Before free elections led to the rise of Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s leader, the country’s military was considered among the key allies of North Korea.
    “Of course, Burma (Myanmar’s previous name) was different back then,” Ruggiero told CNN.
    “The question I would have (now), is how many people in the Burmese military are still sort of around and interested in having that relationship with North Korea. And I don’t know how much control she (Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi) has over all of the government … it only takes a couple of military officials who want to continue that relationship for it to continue.”
    Though plenty of sanctions have been lifted on Myanmar since the country’s reforms, those with respect to North Korea have stayed in place, according to Ruggiero.
    The extent of Myanmar’s relationship with North Korea is not fully known, but analysts say it still exists, which is why Ambassador Yun’s trip is important to the US.
    Myanmar’s Directorate of Defense Industries (DDI) was one of 30 foreign entities sanctioned earlier this year for violating the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act.
    The State Department would not specify to CNN if DDI violated the law with respect to North Korea. But the US Treasury Department accused it of doing business with North Korea in 2012.
    The following year, the Treasury Department sanctioned Lt. General Thein Htay, the chief of the Directorate of Defense Industries.
    He’s made no public statements regarding the accusation.

      Why does North Korea hate the US?


    The problem is global, with countries as far away as Africa being accused of violating UN sanctions against North Korea this year.
    The State Department, for its part, on Tuesday extended the review period on sanctions targeting Sudan in part to ensure “that Sudan is committed to the full implementation of UN Security Council resolutions on North Korea.”
    Senior administration officials say Sudan is making progress, but needed more time to review the issue.
    The UN’s 2017 Report from the Panel of Experts on North Korea accused Pyongyang of supplying guided rockets and missiles to Sudan in 2013.
    The Sudanese government responded to the recent decision by freezing talks with the United States on the sanctions issue until October, according to the state-run Sudan News Agency.
    With Yun’s Singapore trip, the United States is likely trying to telegraph to North Korea that it will step up its own operations in places like Southeast Asia, where North Korean illicit activity has been tracked in past years, according to Ruggiero.
    “The message to North Korea should be, if you’re here, we’re here, and we’re going to give these countries and these banks and companies a choice — continue to do business in the US dollar or work with North Korea,” he said.
    Pyongyang has been a part of the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue that Yun is attending, though theState Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said she was told North Korea is not participating this year.
    Though the strategy could potentially starve North Korea of some of its money, it’s unlikely to really tighten the noose on North Korea without the buy in of China, Kim Jong Un’s most important benefactor.
    Beijing accounts for about 85% of Pyongyang’s imports, according to UN data, providing a key lifeline for the North Korean economy.
    President Trump has repeatedly criticized China over its trade with North Korea, calling on it to exert more pressure on Kim Jong-un’s regime. He called out the almost 40% increase in trade in the first three months of the year, on Twitter, last week.
    “Certainly billions of dollars are coming from China, but there’s nothing wrong with concentrating on millions when it comes to Southeast Asia,” Ruggiero said.

    More From this publisher : HERE


  • learn how to make money from 8 to 800 per month using google adsense.
  • Helps You Triggering Your Brain To Work Faster And More Powerfully To Get Richer Than Ever Before
  • Discover A Smart Trade Technology That Turns All Of Your Losing Trades Into Winning Trades
  • The Complete Package Of 6 Ebooks For Model Railroading Enthusiasts.
  • Profit On The Red Hot Real Estate Market With No Experience While Using No Money And No Credit.
  • Get A Method That Quickly Scan The Stock Market and Help You Identify Wyckoff Triggers.
  • Clickbank Ads

    If you like our content help us with a share… or two …  

    Also -  I have some free stuff for you .......

    Nr 1. In This FREE Report you can Discover:

    Secrets to acquiring the freshest, hottest leads via YouTube In-Stream ads quickly and easily! Best secret tips for the most effective targeting for your ads! Totally legal, but little-known method for literally stealing traffic from your competitors! Get more traffic to your videos and landing pages without spending a fortune! And much more - all within this special FREE report!


    Nr 2. Did you know you can Absolutely EXPLODE YOUR EMAIL LIST FOR FREE with UNTOUCHED offline sources?


    Nr 3. The #1 secret to becoming an affiliate superstar - Earn your first $100 online – without a dime to invest.

    If you’re still looking to “make it online – I have just the thing for you. It’s a video series that shows how to make your first $100 online – even if you don’t have a dime to invest. Yes – nothing.  Free.  Nada. Is this possible? You bet. It’s the most powerful system used by those “in the know”. Good things don’t have to be difficult. And they don’t only come to those who wait. Have A Look


    Nr 4. Top 10 Email Marketing Mistakes. Which of these mistakes do you make?


    Nr 5.  You can learn about : The hottest social networking site that will send an unlimited stampede of traffic to your site - for FREE! How to quickly locate a swarm of hungry buyers using "information portals"! The fast and easy way to use simple images to siphon targeted traffic, on command! Learn how to get the most possible traffic from Instagram, and make sure that traffic converts! And much more ...


    Nr 6. It’s no secret… Facebook is an incredible place to get tons of free, viral traffic. But… most people are going about it all wrong.  How many of these mistakes are you making? Download the free report to find out.


    Nr 7.  Special free report .  It's called "Operation Midas Touch" and you can download it here...

    The report features a surefire method for generating at least $1000 per week online,without a website or product of your own!

    Nr 8.  Instagram is still one of the hottest ways to get a LOT of traffic fast. All by sharing images. Sounds easy enough, yeah? Well, yes and no. If you want to really start driving a lot of  traffic and making sales using Instagram then you should download this report.

    Nr 9.  When it comes to creating a product online there are so many ways to approach it. Wouldn’t it be great to just get the meat of it all so you can get started faster? Well, the good news is, today you can download a guide called the Product Creation Formula Quickstart Guide. It’s as the title suggests - a Quickstart guide. You’ll get a list of action steps to take right away. Download your copy today !

    Nr 10. Would you like to finally USE all of that dusty PLR you have sitting around on your harddrive? Or maybe find the resources for the best PLR available - at the best prices? What about how to use that PLR to make you money with just a few minutes of work. Well, you’re not going to want to miss this!

      Nr 11. Buzzfeed’s top post has more than 21 million views. Think about that for a sec… ONE of their articles has had over 21 million people who have read it! And they have thousands of articles... what would you do with that kind of traffic? A friend of mine hacked their method and was able to use it to get 11,592 targeted new subscribers in 2 weeks on their very first attempt!

    Nr 12. Push notifications are one of today's hottest trends in website traffic and conversions, and for good reason. Studies have shown that as many as 40% of people will opt-in for push notifications, which is about TEN TIMES the rate of people who opt-in for emails! That’s huge! Not only that, but they're also highly effective at pulling clicks, as well. Some studies have shown CTR at an average of around 40%, with highs of as much as 80%! Again, that’s huge!

    Nr 13. Would you like to know how to get more money from the exact same number of website visitors you’re currently getting? Even if you’re website is getting as few as 1-2 visitors a day, this report will show you how to increase your profits using these few handy hacks.

    Nr 14. People have now realised that it's not the size of the list which matters, it's the quality. ... and the only way to create a quality list is by launching your own products. Let it be $7 ebooks, $17 info products, $27 video training product or software's... all of these work. My good friend Kevin Fahey has is revealing how he's launched over 20 products in the past 4 years, many of them top sellers. Needless to say he's banked a handsome amount in this time.

    Nr 15. Do you ever feel that the man you like or even love, just doesn't see you or desire you in way you want him to? Or... maybe you're able to get a man's attention though not the right kind of attention? Or... maybe you're still single because you wait and wait for men to approach you first? What you may not know is that the way we flirt will either attract the "wrong" man for us or the "right" man.

    Nr 16. When it comes to getting sales and leads online, there is ONE thing that 95% of marketers use... it's called a LIST. My friend Jimmy just released a free book that explains WHY a list is important and how YOU can build your own list. It's available right here (and it won't cost you a penny)

    Nr 17. If you have tried everything, and still aren't able to get your Ex back, then you need to pay attention.

    Nr 18. What if I told you that you could make ANY woman WANT to do ANYTHING for you? Would you think I'm crazy? Well... what If I told you that you could also make her LOVE every minute of it and come back for more?


    Nr 19. I have a special free plugin for you today. It's called "Covert Hover Mini"

    This plugin will triple your blog traffic by compelling your visitors to share your images on social media. This is some really clever stuff and it works like a charm. After you grab your free plugin, don't  forget to read the free bonus report as it will show exactly how and why this strategy works like crazy.

    Nr 20. The days of being able to get away with a basic WP theme and a pic or two are gone, your site needs to look good. Even Google are looking for you to have engaging graphics on your site. But getting good quality graphics made for your site is a pain, AND it will cost you both time and money (if you outsource it). But I have a special free download for you today. A virtual treasure chest of over 21K profit pulling graphics you can start sing today to generate more traffic & sales!

    Nr 21. 20 professional full HD background videos. These background videos are perfect for giving your videos that extra kick they need to stand out from the crowd Oh yeah they are in full 1080p HD too, I hope you'll enjoy them.

    Nr 22. If you've ever failed to create a WordPress site of your own or typically waste hours & even weeks trying to figure it all out on your own....

    Nr 23. No doubt, you've seen all of the video launches lately! There is a reason for it... Video marketing is a GREAT way to make money, and with the recent creation tools making it super accessable for anyone to get started... It's no surprise that more people are making videos. However... there is a missing element to most video marketing products...

    Nr 24. For the first time ever... You can get the straight scoop on how someone is selling over $1,000,000/year of t-shirts on Facebook!

    Use them  .... and have fun !