North Korea and Iran resumed cooperation on long-range missile development in 2020. This emerges from a UN report that also confirmed that Pyongyang continues to violate various nuclear resolutions.
The annual report, prepared by an independent body of UN experts, was presented to the Security Council on Monday and viewed by AFP.
Tehran denies such a missile cooperation with North Korea.
According to an unnamed member state, North Korea and Iran have “resumed cooperation on long-range missile development projects,” the report said.
“This resumed collaboration reportedly included the transfer of critical parts, with the last delivery related to this relationship being in 2020.”
The report’s experts monitor the multiple sanctions against Pyongyang in an attempt to force it to suspend its nuclear and ballistic weapons programs.
In a December 21 response, Iran stated, “The preliminary review of the information provided to us by the (experts) shows that false information and fabricated data may have been used for investigation and analysis.”
In their assessment of North Korea, the experts said that Pyongyang had “maintained and further developed its nuclear and ballistic missile programs in violation of the resolutions of the UN Security Council.”
Pyongyang announced last year preparations for testing and production of new warheads for ballistic missiles and the development of tactical nuclear weapons.
“The company produced fissile material, maintained nuclear facilities and improved its ballistic missile infrastructure. It continued to seek material and technology for these programs from overseas,” the expert report said.
The experts also investigated cases where North Korea acquired ships, sold fishing rights and continued to export coal in violation of sanctions.
However, the closure of the North Korean border due to the pandemic may have hampered these shipments.
The experts also found that North Korea had continued to import more refined oil than its limit of 500,000 barrels, sometimes using an “elaborate ruse.”
“According to images, data and calculations received from a member state for the period January 1 to September 30, these illegal shipments in 2020 exceeded the total annual limit of 500,000 barrels many times over,” the report said .
Last year, like last year, the US presented satellite imagery and data to show that North Korea is beating its quotas.
China and Russia, North Korea’s main proponents, have denied the US claims, saying that oil imports are much lower.
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