North Korea has earned roughly $200 million from illegal exports of coal and other commodities in breach of UN bans, a UN panel of experts has estimated, according to a report seen by US media.

The experts warned time was running out to curb the reclusive state’s ballistic and nuclear weapons programs, the Wall Street Journal reported.

They allegedly blamed China, Russia and other countries for helping Pyongyang dodge UN restrictions, which severely cut the North’s ability to export a wide range of goods it relied on for income.

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