On August 3rd, an interim report on North Korea was reportedly submitted to the UN Security Council.
The report allegedly claims that Pyongyang “probably” had developed miniaturized nuclear devices fit to be equipped on a ballistic missile.
This was a result of North Korea’s past six nuclear tests. The last nuclear test carried out by the country took place in September 2017.
“The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is continuing its nuclear program, including the production of highly enriched uranium and construction of an experimental light water reactor. A Member State assessed that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is continuing production of nuclear weapons,” the report said.
The UN report said one country, which it did not identify, assessed that North Korea “may seek to further develop miniaturisation in order to allow incorporation of technological improvements such as penetration aid packages or, potentially, to develop multiple warhead systems.”
This followed a statement by North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un that there would be no more war as the country’s nuclear weapons guarantee its safety and future despite unabated outside pressure and military threats.
The UN also said North Korea is violating sanctions, including “through illicit maritime exports of coal, though it suspended these temporarily between late January and early March 2020” due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In addition, in 2019, UN experts said North Korea had generated an estimated $US2 billion ($2.8 billion) using widespread and sophisticated cyberattacks to steal from banks and cryptocurrency exchanges.
This report came just alongside a U.N. human rights office report, which claimed that “scores of North Korean women who had traveled abroad in a desperate search for work were abused by security officials and police through beatings, detention in unsanitary conditions, undernourishment and invasive body searches after being sent back home.”
The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights presented the findings in a new report that alleges “multiple and serious human rights violations by state security and police officials” in North Korea.
“It is heartbreaking to read these stories of women who fled their country looking to make ends meet, but who ended up being punished,” High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said in a statement accompanying the report. She said the women ”should be taken care of, not detained and subjected to further human rights violations.”
“These women have a right to justice, truth and reparation,” she added.
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