By Elizabeth Shim
North Korea is smuggling Russian fuel oil into the country and reselling the end product to Chinese buyers.
Pyongyang has been able to bring in Mazut-100, a heavy, low-quality fuel oil that is typically used in generating plants, South Korean news network Channel A reported Tuesday.
The fuel is processed, blended or broken down, then resold to Chinese buyers who have access to the North Korean product through a maritime route that extends to the Chinese port city of Dalian.
According to a Korean-speaking trader who spoke to South Korean media on the condition of anonymity, the fuel is sold to owners of trucks and motorcycles and broken down to diesel. Mazut-100 is then sold to China, he said.
In some cases, the fuel is refined into processed fluid by Chinese traders at the port. North Korea pays for the service, and then the product is transported into China by land and sea routes.
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