North Korea is in violation of international sanctions imposed on the country to stop its nuclear program.
This is evident in a study by the United Nations, which states that the import quota for petroleum products has already been exceeded this year.
Since 2017, the UN Security Council has imposed sanctions on the country, of which the quota on gasoline is part. Strict export regulations also apply to North Korea.
Yet it appears that North Korea is still developing a nuclear program, despite the country having held several summit meetings with US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
The UN now states that North Korea has managed to import its annual oil limit in five months, partly by sailing ships under a foreign flag.
This allowed the country to obtain oil illegally and bypassed the rules. Korean allies China and Russia dismiss these findings as assumptions.
Nuclear talks between North Korea and the United States have reached a deadlock precisely because of disagreements over the lifting of the sanctions and what Pyongyang would be willing to do in return.