Nov. 18 (UPI) — A North Korean college could possibly be in bother after making an attempt to secretly procure South Korean provides and the nation’s chief, Kim Jong Un, expressed anger over the state-banned exercise.

South Korean newspaper Donga Ilbo reported Tuesday that Pyongyang Medical College might face “severe penalties” after North Korean authorities mentioned the establishment was trying to obtain provides by way of a state-sanctioned buying and selling firm.

Pyongyang Medical College got here underneath heavy criticism from the North Korean chief throughout Sunday’s expanded assembly of the politburo of the Korean Employees’ Social gathering.

KCNA reported Kim had mentioned the college “dedicated severe felony acts,” and that the “irresponsibility and excessive negligence” of safety businesses contributed to “anti-socialist exercise.” The precise crimes weren’t talked about in state media.

Based on the Donga Ilbo, the college’s smuggling in of South Korean provides was delivered to gentle throughout border inspections in August. Customs officers of the North Korean metropolis of Sinuiju carried out an investigation, and buying and selling corporations have been dissolved because the state metes out “heavy punishment,” the newspaper’s sources mentioned.

South Korean representatives of assist teams who spoke on the situation of anonymity instructed the Donga North Korean buying and selling corporations face severe stress to fulfill calls for. Some corporations underneath stress smuggle in South Korean provides whereas passing them off as Chinese language items, they mentioned.

North Korea is closely reliant on China for commerce, and Beijing and Moscow are coming underneath worldwide scrutiny after an announcement from the United Nations.

German U.N. Ambassador Christoph Heusgen, chairman of the U.N. North Korea sanctions committee, mentioned Tuesday that China and Russia are interfering with displays of North Korean imports.

China and Russia have reported their refined petroleum exports to North Korea in tons moderately than barrels, making it troublesome for the committee to find out whether or not a sanctions restrict had been reached, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported.

North Korea could have imported as much as 1.6 million barrels of refined petroleum from January to Might, in keeping with an interim report from the U.N. The U.N. prohibits most refined petroleum exports to North Korea, capping them at 500,000 barrels a yr.