News By/Courtesy: Hiranshi Shah | 08 Aug 2018 21:14pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The report was submitted by the independent experts who were monitoring the implementation of UN sanctions over six months
  • The UN has unanimously sanctioned North Korea since 2006 in a bid to choke off funding for Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs
  • US president had announced that the US would discontinue “provocative” joint military exercises with North Korea and would "eventually" withdraw troops stationed there

According to a confidential UN report, North Korea has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs and has violated of United Nations sanctions. The report was submitted by the independent experts who were monitoring the implementation of UN sanctions over six months. The report has been submitted to the UN's North Korea Sanctions Committee on 3rd August 2018. The report, consisting of 149 pages, stated that "North Korea has violated a number of sanctions by the United Nations, most notably continuing their nuclear weapons and missile programs.  North Korea has continued reuse to obey the Security Council resolutions through a massive increase in illicit ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products, as well as through transfers of coal at sea during 2018.” North Korea had cooperated militarily with Syria and has been trying to sell weapons to Yemen’s Houthis. The report had stated that a country, which was not identified, showed to the experts a July 13, 2016 letter from a Houthi leader inviting the North Koreans for meeting in Damascus “to discuss the issue of the transfer of technology and other matters of mutual interest”. The UN has unanimously sanctioned North Korea since 2006 in a bid to choke off funding for Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs, banning exports including coal, iron, lead, textiles and seafood, and capping imports of crude oil and refined petroleum products.  The experts had said that “prohibited military cooperation with the Syrian Arab Republic has continued unabated.” They said North Korean technicians engaged in ballistic missile and other banned activities have visited Syria in 2011, 2016 and 2017.

The U.S. President Donald Trump had met the North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un on 12th June 2018 at first summit meeting between the leaders of the United States of America and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) in Singapore. They had signed a joint statement to security guarantees for North Korea, new peaceful relations, reaffirmation of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, recovery of soldiers' remains, and follow-up negotiations between high-level officials. The US president had announced that the US would discontinue “provocative” joint military exercises with North Korea and would "eventually" withdraw troops stationed there.  Till today, North Korea has not responded to the request of the UN to comment on the report.

Section Editor: Shilpa Rani | 08 Aug 2018 21:14pm IST


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