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UN sanctions fail to stop N. Korea weapons exports: VOA

2017/02/23 12:17

SEOUL, Feb. 23 (Yonhap) -- A series of U.N. Security Council sanctions appear to have failed to stop North Korea's weapons exports, a U.S. media outlet said Thursday.

In an email interview with Voice of America (VOA), Peter Wezeman, a researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), said, “My understanding is that N. Korea continues to violate the UN sanctions and exports smaller volumes of often arms of often dated technology to several countries in the world."


Iran and Syria have regularly been mentioned as recipients of such weapons in recent years, the researcher said.

The SIPRI said in a recent report that Palestinian group Hamas and the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) likely purchased anti-tank missiles from the North. The PRC is a coalition of a number of armed Palestinian groups opposed to what they regard as the conciliatory approach of the Palestinian Authority and Fatah towards Israel.

The missiles may have been transported to the importing nations through Sudan or Egypt, it said.

Other media outlets such as Japan's Kyodo News and DEBKAfile, an Israeli military intelligence website, have recently made similar reports.

Last year, Pyongyang conducted two nuclear tests and launched 24 ballistic missiles and long-range rockets. The provocations resulted in two U.N. Security Council resolutions entailing tougher-than-ever sanctions that have deepened the regime's international isolation and economic hardships.