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N. Korea's imports from Russia almost triple in H1

12:30 September 14, 2019

SEOUL, Sept. 14 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's imports from Russia jumped nearly 170 percent in the first half of this year from a year earlier, led by grain imports, a report said Saturday.

North Korea's imports from Russia reached US$27.23 million in value in the January-June period, compared to $10.98 million in the same period of last year, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported, citing Russian customs data.

During the same period, North Korean exports to Russia inched up 2 percent to $930,000, according to the RFA report.

One of the categories that increased the most was grain.

North Korean imports of Russian cereal and flour soared nearly sixfold on-year to $5.94 million, a phenomenon attributable to ongoing severe food shortages in the North.

The North's imports of mineral fuel rose 76 percent on-year to $11.11 million, according to the report.

Driven by increased North Korean imports, the value of Russia-North Korea trade came to $28.16 million in the first half of the year, up 156 percent from the previous year, the report said.

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