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Signs of a Nuclear War are surfacing more

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on November 13, 2010

North Korea is supplying banned nuclear and ballistic equipment to Iran, Syria and Myanmar using “surreptitious” means to avoid international sanctions, according to a UN report released Friday.

North Korea is involved with “the surreptitious transfer of nuclear-related and ballistic missile-related equipment, know-how and technology” to countries including Iran, Syria and Myanmar, said the report.

A UN sanctions committee panel of experts called for heightened vigilance to stop the nuclear trade and for more detailed investigation into the sophisticated means used by North Korea to circumvent sanctions.

It did not give details but said North Korea used “masking techniques” including mislabeling containers, falsifying ships’ manifests and destination details “and use of multiple layers of intermediaries, shell companies, and financial institutions.”

The experts “expressed concern that certain countries, such as the Syrian Arab Republic, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Myanmar, continue to be associated with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in regard to proscribed activities and believes that special attention should be taken by all member states to inhibit such activities.

North Korea staged one nuclear test in 2006 and claims it set off another nuclear device in 2009, when the last sanctions were imposed. The UN Security Council has banned trade in nuclear and ballistic material.

International Atomic Energy Agency director Yukiya Amano said this week that the stand-off with North Korea was now “very bad”.

China has been the North’s main ally on the international stage and it had blocked the report since it was prepared in May, diplomats said.

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