North Korea has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs in violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a confidential report by the UN seen on Friday by Reuters .
The six-month report, carried out by independent experts who analyze the implementation of the measures adopted by the UN, was sent Friday night to the sanctions committee against the North Korea Security Council .
“(North Korea) has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs and continued to defy Security Council resolutions through a huge increase in illicit ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products , as well as through coal transfers in the sea during 2018, “the experts wrote in the 149-page report.
The mission of Pyongyang at the United Nations did not respond to requests to comment on the report.
The UN report argues that North Korea is collaborating militarily with Syria and has tried to sell arms to the Houthis in Yemen.
Pyongyang also violated a ban on the export of textiles by sending more than $ 100 million in goods between October 2017 and March 2018 to China, Ghana, India, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey and Uruguay, the statement said.
For his part, the head of US diplomacy, Mike Pompeo , on Saturday called on the international community to “maintain diplomatic and economic pressure” on North Korea while not abandoning its nuclear weapons.
Pompeo, who spoke on the sidelines of a forum of Asian countries in Singapore , is the US official responsible for the negotiations between its president, Donald Trump, and the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un , during his summit in June 12. The leader of the Asian country promised then “a complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula”.
“It is clear that our ASEAN partners know how important the denuclearization of North Korea is for its own security, ” he added.
“I have recommended that they strictly apply all sanctions. Therefore, I have recommended that they strictly apply all sanctions, including the total cessation of illegal supplies of oil between ships” in favor of North Korea,” Pompeo added.
“It would be a violation of the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council ,” and “any violation” will be “taken very seriously by the United States,” he said and promised that he would address that issue with Moscow.
The head of diplomacy also said he had not yet met in Singapore with his North Korean counterpart, Ri Yong Ho , who also participates in the ASEAN meetings that end on Saturday in the Southeast Asian archipelago.
Pompeo is the US official responsible for the negotiations to carry out the commitments made between its president, Donald Trump , and the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un , during its summit in June 12.