The United Nations said in a confidential statement on Monday that North Korea would maintain and further develop its nuclear and ballistic missile programs by 2020. This is contrary to international sanctions.
According to the report, Pyongyang “produced viscous materials, maintained nuclear facilities and improved ballistic missile infrastructure.” North Korea is also looking abroad for materials and technologies for these projects.
Over the past year, North Korea has displayed new ballistic missile systems at military parades, the report said. Although no nuclear or ballistic missile tests have been conducted by 2020, Pyongyang is said to have announced “preparations for testing and production and development of new weapons”.
The annual report to the Security Council on Sanctions against North Korea appears just weeks after Joe Biden was installed as the new president of the United States. A US State Department spokesman said on Monday that Biden’s cabinet was preparing a new approach to North Korea.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and former US President Donald Trump met a total of three times in 2018 and 2019, but the United States was unable to give Pyongyang its nuclear weapons. North Korea’s demand for the lifting of sanctions against the country has gone nowhere.
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