United Nations (Reuters) – North Korea is pressuring with its nuclear weapons program and many countries believe it has “developed small nuclear devices, perhaps to fit into the warhead of a ballistic missile.” According to a United Nations report.
FILE PHOTO: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un spoke at an event to honor the “Pektusan” commemorative pistol at the 67th anniversary of the “Victory Day of Victory in the Great Depeland Liberation War” Chief Commanding Officers of the Armed Forces , Which sign the signature. Korean War Armistice, in untied photo released by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on July 27, 2020 in Pyongyang. KCNA via computer
The report of an independent panel of experts monitoring UN sanctions says countries that have not identified it believe that North Korea’s last six nuclear tests have allowed it to carry small nuclear devices Had helped to develop. Pyongyang has not conducted a nuclear test since September 2017.
The interim report seen by Reuters was submitted to the 15-member UN Security Council North Korea Sanctions Committee on Monday.
“The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is continuing its nuclear program, which includes the production of highly enriched uranium and the construction of an experimental light reactor. One member state assessed that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is continuing to produce nuclear weapons is.
North Korea is formally known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). North Korea’s mission to the United Nations in New York did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the UN report.
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un said there would be no more war last week as the country’s nuclear weapons guarantee their security and future despite being out of pressure and military threats.
A UN report said that one country did not identify it, with North Korea stating that North Korea would “commit to technological improvements such as penetration aid packages or potentially allow commute to develop multiple warhead systems.” And can develop. ”
North Korea has been subject to UN sanctions since 2006 over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. While the Security Council has consistently strengthened restrictions to cut funding for those programs.
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump have met three times since 2018, but failed to make progress on US calls to Pyongyang for demands to end its nuclear weapons and North Korea’s sanctions.
In May 2018, North Korea followed a pledge to blow up the tunnels at its main nuclear test site, Punghye-ri, which was evidenced by Pyongyang’s commitment to end nuclear testing. But they did not let experts witness the site’s disintegration.
The UN report said that as the tunnel’s entrances were destroyed and there were no signs of widespread demolition, one country assessed that North Korea had the necessary infrastructure to support nuclear testing within three months Can rebuild and rebuild.
UN experts said North Korea is violating sanctions, including “through illegal maritime export of coal, although it was temporarily suspended in late January and early March 2020 due to the coronovirus epidemic” .
Last year United Nations experts said North Korea produced an estimated $ 2 billion using extensive and sophisticated cyberbats to steal from banks and cryptocurrency exchanges.
The latest report states that the panel estimates that virtual asset service providers and virtual assets will continue to be attractive targets for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to generate revenue.
Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Sandra Maler and Tom Brown