South Korean companies under investigation for DPRK imports

According ot Yonhap:

South Korea is investigating about 10 companies accused of importing North Korean merchandise in violation of a ban that came into effect last year over the sinking of a warship, an official said Wednesday.

South Korea suspended all inter-Korean trade in May last year when a multinational investigation found North Korea responsible for the sinking of the Cheonan earlier that year.

Unification Ministry spokeswoman Lee Jong-joo said in a briefing in Seoul that the authorities are questioning the companies on suspicion of violating the ban by importing marine products, mushrooms and other items from North Korea via China.

The companies claimed that they had thought the products were from China. Lee said the government plans to step up its crackdown on imports from North Korea starting next month in an effort to reinforce the ban.

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Companies under probe for importing N. Korean products: official


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