North Korea evades sanctions, persists with arms trade

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North Korea shows no signs that it intends to abandon its nuclear, ballistic missile and other weapons of mass destruction.

That's according to a report by a panel of UN experts tasked with monitoring sanctions imposed on the country.

On the contrary, the panel notes, it is persisting with its arms trade and other prohibited activities in defiance of UN Security Council sanctions.

Following nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013, the Council imposed a ban on the transfer to and from North Korea of specific technology related to ballistic missiles as well as nuclear and chemical weapons.

Also imposed are financial sanctions and travel restrictions including on the movement of cargo to and from North Korea by sea or air.

The panel says North Korea is making increasing use of "multiple and tiered" circumvention techniques to evade sanctions.

Some of the most common techniques observed by the panel include the use of international shipping container system.

The country is using part of its overseas commercial ventures to find foreign suppliers who can deliver the technology and products needed for prohibited programmes, the report states.

It also shows that individuals and entities working abroad, particularly those in the shipping industry, could be viewed as belonging to interconnected networks.

The panel does not recommend any new measures to be taken but strongly suggests improving the overall implementation of the existing sanctions.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration: 1’33″

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