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North Korea keeps sneaking in oil with secret ship transfers

When ships transfer cargo to each other in the ocean, it makes it hard to enforce international sanctions against selling oil to North Korea. "It's very easy to black out a ship and hide it," said Rahul Kapoor, an analyst with Bloomberg Intelligence in Singapore.

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Donald Trump's desire to squeeze Kim Jong Un's regime risks being undermined by the furtive maneuvers of oil tankers at sea.

The enforcement of international measures limiting sales to North Korea – part of an effort to force Kim to abandon nuclear weapons – is becoming near impossible because suppliers of illicit fuel are using an old oil-trading practice that helps obscure its origin and destination.

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