UN report claims North Korea exporting nuclear technology

A UN expert panel has claimed that North Korea is violating sanctions imposed on it and exporting banned nuclear and ballistic missile technology to several `rogue` nations like Iran, Syria and Myanmar, a media report said.

Last Updated: Nov 12, 2010, 22:03 PM IST

United Nations: A UN expert panel has
claimed that North Korea is violating sanctions imposed on it
and exporting banned nuclear and ballistic missile technology
to several `rogue` nations like Iran, Syria and Myanmar, a
media report said on Friday.

In a 75-page report, the seven-member panel reporting to
the UN Security Council states that North Korea is involved in
"nuclear and ballistic missile-related activities in certain
countries, including Iran, Syria and Myanmar" and that special
attention should be given by all member countries to curb such
activities.

The report, which was released this week, had been
delayed for publication for six months by China, a friendly
nation to North Korea, CNN quoted a diplomat familiar with the
case as saying.

The experts wrote that North Korea is getting around UN
-imposed sanctions and is masking financial transactions by
the use of "overseas entities, shell companies, informal
transfer mechanisms, cash couriers and barter arrangements."

The report goes on to say that North Korea "has
established a highly sophisticated international network for
the acquisition, marketing and sale of arms and military
equipment, and arms exports have become one of the country`s
principal sources for obtaining foreign exchange."

It said North Korea is believed to be using air cargo
to handle high-valued and sensitive arms exports. Such cargo
can be sent by direct air cargo from the country to the
destination country.

Some modern cargo planes, for example, can fly non-stop
from North Korea to Iran, when routed directly through
neighbouring air space.
Another concealing technique now being used by North
Korea is to ship components for the assembly of arms overseas
in the form of "knock-down kits" which can be delivered to
foreign assembly plants, the report says.

The North Korean government had no immediate response to
the report, CNN reported.

The United Nations Security Council slapped its last
sanctions on North Korea in 2009 after Pyongyang conducted a
nuclear test in May that year.

PTI