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Seafood Smuggling
입력 2017.12.08 (14:57) | 수정 2017.12.08 (16:45) News Today
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[Anchor Lead]

There’s been talk in Washington about mustering a naval blockade on North Korea, but even some of the current sanctions on the books aren’t being enforced properly. Case in point: North Korean seafood is being sold out in the open in Dandong, China. A small North Korean port located near Dandong is being used as a seafood smuggling base.

[Pkg]

This is a seafood market in Dandong, China. Each water tank is filled with blue crabs, which are now in season. But they are all banned crabs imported from North Korea.

[Soundbite] (Seafood Merchant in Dandong (Voice modified)) : "They're all from North Korea. (Are they really from North Korea?) There is none on the Chinese side. They're from the Yellow Sea. There are hardly any blue crabs in China."

North Korean seafood disappeared from Chinese markets for a while after China banned the import of seafood from North Korea last August. But smuggling re-emerged recently, as China was unable to meet the demand for seafood with only local supplies. These live blue crabs being sold in the market were all caught by North Korean fishing boats recently. That's because blue crabs cannot live for more than a week outside of the sea. Chinese traders dealing with North Korea says that North Korean seafood is being smuggled out of a small North Korean port in Dongju-ri, Pyonganbuk-do Province. The port is located near Dandong and its surrounding terrain prevents an easy view of the ships' movements, turning the port into a new smuggling base. Thanks to the contraband, it's become easier to have dishes made with North Korea seafood at seafood restaurants in Dandong.

[Soundbite] (Importer of North Korean Goods (Voice modified)) : "There's a ban on North Korean seafood, but there are ways to get around it. What we're eating now is all from North Korea."

Despite the international community's sanctions against North Korea, the Pyongyang regime keeps finding ways around them to make money abroad.
  • Seafood Smuggling
    • 입력 2017.12.08 (14:57)
    • 수정 2017.12.08 (16:45)
    News Today
Seafood Smuggling
[Anchor Lead]

There’s been talk in Washington about mustering a naval blockade on North Korea, but even some of the current sanctions on the books aren’t being enforced properly. Case in point: North Korean seafood is being sold out in the open in Dandong, China. A small North Korean port located near Dandong is being used as a seafood smuggling base.

[Pkg]

This is a seafood market in Dandong, China. Each water tank is filled with blue crabs, which are now in season. But they are all banned crabs imported from North Korea.

[Soundbite] (Seafood Merchant in Dandong (Voice modified)) : "They're all from North Korea. (Are they really from North Korea?) There is none on the Chinese side. They're from the Yellow Sea. There are hardly any blue crabs in China."

North Korean seafood disappeared from Chinese markets for a while after China banned the import of seafood from North Korea last August. But smuggling re-emerged recently, as China was unable to meet the demand for seafood with only local supplies. These live blue crabs being sold in the market were all caught by North Korean fishing boats recently. That's because blue crabs cannot live for more than a week outside of the sea. Chinese traders dealing with North Korea says that North Korean seafood is being smuggled out of a small North Korean port in Dongju-ri, Pyonganbuk-do Province. The port is located near Dandong and its surrounding terrain prevents an easy view of the ships' movements, turning the port into a new smuggling base. Thanks to the contraband, it's become easier to have dishes made with North Korea seafood at seafood restaurants in Dandong.

[Soundbite] (Importer of North Korean Goods (Voice modified)) : "There's a ban on North Korean seafood, but there are ways to get around it. What we're eating now is all from North Korea."

Despite the international community's sanctions against North Korea, the Pyongyang regime keeps finding ways around them to make money abroad.