Singapore traders charged over Korean exports

SINGAPORE (AFP) — Two Singaporean companies have been charged with exporting whisky, wine and other drinks to North Korea, the latest case of firms in the city-state allegedly trading illegally with the regime.,Pyongyang has been hit with a barrage of sanctions, including from the United Nations, over its nuclear and ballistic missile tests, while Singapore suspended trade ties with the North in 2017.,The company 123 Holdings was charged Wednesday with supplying alcoholic drinks on five occasions to North Korea, transported via China, between November 2016 and July 2017, according to charge sheets.,The goods — including Chivas Regal and Johnnie Walker Black Label whiskys, Smirnoff vodka and Australian, Chilean and French wines — were worth more than 720,000 Singapore dollars ($520,000).,The second company, 123 Duty Free, was slapped with five charges for allegedly supplying non-alcoholic drinks, including coffee and strawberry milk, to North Korea from April to August 2018.,Both companies face hefty fines if convicted.