Thursday 23 November 2017

North Korea using new ways to flout sanctions, says UN

Britain's deputy UN ambassador Peter Wilson addresses the press before a Security Council meeting on North Korea (AP)
Britain's deputy UN ambassador Peter Wilson addresses the press before a Security Council meeting on North Korea (AP)

North Korea is flouting United Nations sanctions by trading in prohibited weapons and other goods and using evasion techniques "that are increasing in scale, scope and sophistication", a UN report has said.

The panel of experts monitoring sanctions against Pyongyang told the Security Council that despite strengthened financial sanctions adopted last year, the country is still accessing formal banking channels "by using greater ingenuity".

It said North Korea is also exporting banned minerals to earn revenue despite new UN bans imposed last year.

The panel criticised the international community for failing to match its support for tougher sanctions against North Korea in two resolutions adopted last year with the "political will" and resources to ensure their implementation.

Press Association

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