Sanctions Slowing N. Korea Down: UN

Nuclear arms program not halted, but delayed, say experts
By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2013 9:19 AM CDT
Sanctions Slowing N. Korea Down: UN
FILE - In this Sunday, April 15, 2012 file photo, what appears to be a new missile is carried during a mass military parade at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the country's founding father Kim Il Sung. After three nuclear tests of apparently increasing...   (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

International financial sanctions and an arms embargo on North Korea haven't stopped the Hermit Kingdom's nuclear arms program—but they have delayed it significantly, says a new UN report. The report, penned by a panel of experts for the UN Security Council, also recommends blacklisting a number of North Korean entities, such as the State Space Development Bureau, and several individuals, including some non-North Koreans who have been involved in arms deals, Reuters reports.

As Reuters notes, the report comes as the US attempts to convince China to increase and adhere to economic sanctions against North Korea. The top US envoy on North Korea is in Beijing for meetings today and says that the country intends to continue its sanctions against Pyongyang, the AP reports. But Radio Free Asia claims news on the ground in North Korea suggests otherwise: "Trade between North Korea and China is very much active," said a North Korean farmer from Yanggang province. "They have even built a new customs house in Yanggang's Samjiyon district." (More North Korea stories.)

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