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North Korea’s ship-to-ship transfers likely involve the clandestine importing of oil and gas products, according to Simon Palamar, research fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Ont.

“That’s probably what people are looking for right now… crude oil, gasoline, jet fuel, refined petroleum products,” Palamar told Global National correspondent Abigail Bimman.

Canada and its allies hope that by clamping down on North Korean ship-to-ship transfers, they can boost the effectiveness of sanctions that have forced the country’s crude oil imports to well below its annual need.

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