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Project Sandstone Report 7: The Billion-Dollar Border Town: North Korea's Trade Networks in Dandong (Part 1)

James Byrne, Joe Byrne, Gary Somerville and Hamish Macdonald
Other Publications, 4 September 2020
China, Project Sandstone, North Korea
This report analyses North Korea's trade networks in Dandong and the role these have played in the country's ongoing attempts to evade multilateral and unilateral sanctions regimes.

The seventh report in RUSI's Project Sandstone series makes clear the critical role that the city of Dandong has played for North Korea. Faced with a variety of sanctions that seek to restrict North Korea's access to the international financial, trading and shipping systems, the border city of Dandong effectively acts as a hub through which these can be circumvented.


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James Byrne
Senior Research Fellow

James Byrne is a Senior Research Fellow at RUSI’s Proliferation and Nuclear Policy programme. His research interests include North Korea... read more

Joe Byrne
Research Analyst

Joe Byrne is a Research Analyst at RUSI’s Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Team. His research interests include Open Source... read more

Gary Somerville
Research Analyst

Gary Somerville is a Research Analyst at RUSI’s Proliferation and Nuclear Policy programme. His research interests include open-source... read more

Hamish Macdonald
Associate Fellow

Hamish Macdonald is a journalist and researcher who has focused uniquely on North Ko-rea related topics and affairs.

He was... read more

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