North Korea has not stopped its nuclear missile programme, says new report

North Korea has not stopped making nuclear missiles, UN experts claimed today.

Kim Jong-un finally agreed to scrap rockets in June after a historic summit with Donald Trump .

However, the rogue country has since overseen “a massive increase in illicit ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products”, according to a damning report commissioned by the UN Security Council.

It also claimed North Korea is transferring coal at sea and flouting an arms embargo and strict financial sanctions.

Kim has not yet commented on the document’s claims.


But the country’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong said: "The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) stands firm in its determination and commitment for implementing the DPRK-U.S. Joint Statement in a responsible and good-faith manner.

"What is alarming however is the insistent moves manifested within the US to go back to the old, far from its leader’s intention."

The report said: "[North Korea] has not stopped its nuclear and missile programmes and continued to defy Security Council resolutions through a massive increase in illicit ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products, as well as through transfers of coal at sea during 2018."

Earlier this week, US officials said North Korea’s capital Pyongyang appeared to be building new ballistic missiles despite recent warming ties with US President Donald Trump’s administration and pledges to denuclearise.

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And the new report, put together by a panel of independent experts, also said Pyongyang "attempted to supply small arms and lights weapons and other military equipment via foreign intermediaries" to Libya, Yemen and Sudan.

When Trump met his North Korea counterpart in June, they discussed, in private, ways to end the nuclear standoff .

They signed a document but would not reveal exactly what it was.

And Trump said he had established a “special bond” with the tyrant.

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