North Korea cheating sanctions and enhancing nuclear and missile programs, UN report says
United Nations report notes that Pyongyang continues to build up military power
According to a confidential UN report reviewed by Reuters, North Korea has supported and developed its nuclear and ballistic missile programs throughout 2020, in violation of international sanctions, helping fund them with some 300 million dollars.
The report says that Pyongyang “produced fissile material, maintained nuclear facilities and upgraded infrastructure for ballistic missiles,” while continuing to seek materials and technology for these programs abroad..
A State Department spokesman said on Monday that the administration is planning a new approach, including a full review with allies “of delivering pressure options and potential for any future diplomacy.”.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and former US President Donald Trump met three times in 2018 and 2019, but failed to make progress on Pyongyang’s nuclear withdrawal and North Korea’s demands for the lifting of sanctions. North Korea showed off new medium and short-range ballistic missiles and intercontinental ballistic missiles last year..
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The UN report says an unnamed UN member state estimates that North Korea’s missiles are “highly likely to have a nuclear device” on long, medium and short-range ballistic missiles. “However, a member state said it was not convinced that the DPRK had developed ballistic missiles that were resistant to the heat generated by entering the atmosphere,” the report said..
Although there were no nuclear or ballistic missile tests in 2020, Pyongyang “announced preparations for the testing and production of new ballistic missile warheads and the development of tactical nuclear weapons.”.
North Korea’s Mission to the UN in New York did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.
In 2018, North Korea blew up tunnels at its main Pungheri nuclear test site in a statement demonstrating its commitment to ending nuclear testing. However, an unknown Member State told UN observers that there are still workers at the site, indicating that the site has not been abandoned..
North Korea and Iran have resumed cooperation on long-range missile development projects, including the transfer of critical parts, UN observers said. According to them, the most recent delivery took place last year..
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