Saturday, April 21, 2012

UN probes claim China broke N. Korea sanctions: report

UN probes claim China broke N. Korea sanctions: report

 United Nations officials are investigating allegations that China supplied technology for a North Korean missile launcher in a possible breach of UN sanctions, a leading defence journal said Thursday.

IHS Jane's Defence Weekly quoted a senior official close to a United Nations Security Council sanctions committee as saying that an associated panel of experts was "aware of the situation and will pursue enquiries".

The committee is tasked with monitoring breaches of sanctions against the North's missile and nuclear programmes. It is advised by the expert panel.

The 16-wheel launcher, carrying an apparently new medium-range missile, was on show Sunday at a big military parade in Pyongyang to mark the centenary of the birth of the North's founder Kim Il-Sung.

IHS Janes's reported earlier that China appeared to have supplied either the design or the actual vehicle to the North.

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