Gasoline Prices in Pyongyang Stay the Same Despite Sanctions
Jane Joo, Sept. 20, 2017, 9:43 a.m.
Fuel prices in Pyongyang have not risen despite international sanctions that halve crude oil imports after the North’s latest nuclear test, Voice of America reported Monday.
A coupon for 15 kg of gasoline sells for US$28.8 in Pyongyang, and one for 15 kg of diesel sells for $30.6, VOA quoted an e-mail from a Western diplomat on Sept. 14 as saying. That is $1.92 per kg and $2.04 per kg, the same as on Aug. 12 before the nuclear test.
Traffic volume and taxi fares also remain unchanged in the city, the diplomat said.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday tweeted, "Long gas lines forming in North Korea. Too bad!" But that does not seem to be the case.
"We are not aware of any long queues at the gas stations," the Washington Post quoted a foreign resident of Pyongyang as saying. "At least, I haven't noticed anything. I asked a few [North] Koreans, and they haven't seen anything either."