North Korea breaches sanctions to run nuclear and ballistic missiles program, UN report says

The country has been under international sanctions since 2006 to limit its nuclear program.
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On February 8, a United Nations diplomat submitted a confidential report to the Security Council, detailing the nuclear and ballistic missile programs operating in North Korea all of 2020 and, in doing so, going against international sanctions. The report was written by independent sanctions monitors, Reuters reported.

According to the report, Pyongyang “produced fissile material, maintained nuclear facilities and upgraded its ballistic missile infrastructure”. North Korea also continued to pursue international materials and technologies to supply these programs. 

The UN diplomat said the report reveals North Korea displayed new stort-range, medium renege, submarine-launched, and intercontinental ballistic missile systems at military parades, Reuters reported.

Pyongyang did not conduct any nuclear nor ballistic missile tests in 2020, but the capital did “announce preparations for testing and production of new ballistic missile warheads and development of tactical nuclear weapons”.

North Korea has been subjected to UN sanctions since 2006, reinforced by the 15-member Security Council throughout the years in an effort to reduce funding for the country’s weaponry programs.  

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