UN: "No indications" that North Korea wants to end nuclear programme

A UN panel of experts found no indications that North Korea intends to end its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes in response to current UN sanctions, according a report published Monday.

In a report to the UN Security Council, the experts concluded that there are "serious questions" about the "overall efficacy" of UN sanctions, which have so far failed to make sure that North Korea abandons its stated intention to develop nuclear weapons.

The report, which covers a one-year period starting February 2015, found that the reclusive regime has been successfully evading sanctions and has continued to obtain prohibited items through embedding agents in foreign companies and using diplomatic personnel and trusted foreign nations.

The experts also note that North Korea has exported ballistic missile technology and arms to the Middle East and African countries using foreign front companies.

"All these activities are facilitated by the low level of implementation of Security Council resolutions by member states," report said.

"The reasons are diverse, but include lack of political will, inadequate enabling legislation, lack of understanding of the resolutions and low prioritization."

The report comes after the United States, with the backing of China, presented a draft resolution to the Security Council last week proposing to put unprecedented sanctions on North Korea.

The draft, if adopted, would significantly tighten sanctions on Pyongyang following the nuclear and missile tests it conducted in the last two months.

Last update: Mon, 29/02/2016 - 22:29
Author: 

More from World

Advancing Syrian government takes Old City of Aleppo from rebels

Syrian government forces and their allies have advanced deeper into the shrinking rebel-held enclave in eastern ...

Ghana votes in hotly contested presidential elections

Ghanaians started lining up at voting stations Wednesday to elect a president and parliament, in polls dominated by...

At least 92 killed after earthquake hits Indonesia

The death toll in an earthquake that hit Indonesia's Aceh province rose to 92 Wednesday afternoon after more bodies...

Bolivia arrests three at footballer crash airline

Bolivian authorities Tuesday arrested the director and two employees of Bolivian charter airline Lamia, whose sole...

Strong earthquake rocks Indonesia's Aceh province

An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale hit Indonesia's Aceh province Wednesday, injuring at least one...