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North Korea 'violates UN sanctions'

A United Nations report has found North Korea continues to violate international sanctions by attempting to ship arms to Syria and Burma and illegally importing luxury goods.

No violations involving nuclear, chemical or biological weapons or ballistic missiles are mentioned in the 74-page report to the Security Council committee monitoring sanctions.

New ballistic missiles seen at an April military parade celebrating the centenary of founder Kim Il Sung's birth could be fake, the report said.

The missiles were carried by a new, larger transporter that the expert panel is investigating.

The report cited several cases of attempted shipments of arms-related material to Syria and Burma.

Illegal imported luxury goods included tobacco, bottles of sake, second-hand pianos and several second-hand Mercedes Benz cars, the report said.


From Belfast Telegraph