N. Korea adept at dodging sanctions: UN panel

N. Korea adept at dodging sanctions: UN panel
The panel said the case of the North Korean cargo ship Chong Chon Gang provided key insight into some of the techniques North Korea uses to evade sanctions.

UNITED NATIONS, United States - North Korea is becoming more and more adept at dodging international sanctions, a panel of experts said in a report presented Tuesday to the United Nations.

The commission of eight experts told the UN Security Council that it reached this conclusion on the basis of recent inspections and seizures of banned cargo.

The council has adopted resolutions calling for increasingly tough sanctions aimed at thwarting Pyongyang’s financial and technical ability to build weapons of mass destruction.

This came after a series of nuclear and long-range ballistic missile tests by North Korea over the past decade.

The new report posted on the UN website Tuesday said North Korea has continued to defy those sanctions – by pushing ahead with its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and engaging in illegal arms trade.

“The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea presents a stiff challenge to Member States,” the report said.

“It is experienced in actions it takes to evade sanctions. From the incidents analysed in the period under review, the Panel has found that it makes increasing use of multiple and tiered circumvention techniques,” it added.

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