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Israel exported $400k in gold to North Korea, against UN sanctions


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The Knesset Economics committee banned exports of luxury goods to North Korea on Wednesday, following criticism from the UN that Israel defied sanctions.

Tax Authority Exports Department manager David Huri reported to the committee that in recent years, Israelis exported $400,000 in gold to North Korea, in defiance of a UN Security Council decision from 2006. Since 2011, the only exports to North Korea were books and dental implants, and in 2014, there were no exports to Pyongyang.

Economics Committee chairman Eitan Cabel (Zionist Union) said, “The gold certainly is not going to North Korean citizens, who don’t have enough to eat.”

Huri said recent attempts to export more gold to North Korea were stopped, and that they “degrade Israel.”

Cabel criticized the Economy Ministry for not bringing the import-export ban to the committee sooner.

“If there was such a long delay, for almost



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