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North Korea trying to protect nuclear, missile capabilities: UN report

2019-02-06 10:08:28       source:The Straits Times

February 5, 2019

UNITED NATIONS (REUTERS) - North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes remain intact and the country is working to make sure those capabilities cannot be destroyed by any military strikes, according to a confidential report by UN sanctions monitors.

The report to a 15-member United Nations Security Council sanctions committee, seen by Reuters on Monday (Feb 4), comes ahead of a second planned summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un later this month. They initially met in June 2018 and Kim pledged to work toward denuclearisation.

While Trump has hailed "tremendous progress" in his dealings with North Korea, the UN report found that Pyongyang "is using civilian facilities, including airports, for ballistic missile assembly and testing with the goal of effectively preventing 'decapitation' strikes" on a smaller number of identified nuclear and missile assembly and manufacturing sites."

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