N.Korea Keeps Earning Illegal Cash for Nuke Development

  • By Roh Suk-jo

    August 03, 2020 11:30

    North Korea is continuing development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles with black money raised through illegal activities and ship-to-ship transfer of goods, a UN report says.

    The report was compiled by a panel of experts of the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee on North Korea over the last six months.

    "North Korea reaffirmed its commitment to retaining and developing its nuclear and ballistic missile programs... and has continued to develop infrastructure and capacity for its ballistic missile program," the report says.

    The North "conducted four launch tests of short-range ballistic missile systems in March" and "has made deliveries of coal and illicitly imported refined petroleum that far exceeded the ceiling set by the Security Council through ship-to-ship transfers."

    North Koreans continue to work overseas in hotels, as athletes and as medical staff to earn hard currency for the regime despite a December 2019 deadline set by the UN for their repatriation.

    The committee urged member nations to abide strictly by UN sanctions.

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