N. Korea shoring up nuclear assets, allege U.N. monitors

Feb 05, 2019, 3:27 AM EST
The revelation comes as officials from the U.S. and Pyongyang prepare to meet on Wednesday.
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A report by United Nations sanctions monitors says that North Korea is shoring up its nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities in order to insulate them against military strikes, a revelation that comes just ahead of a meeting between officials from Washington and Pyongyang.

The confidential report, submitted to a 15-member U.N. Security Council sanctions committee, said that N. Korea is constantly dispersing its assembly, storage and testing locations, adding that Pyongyang continues to flout Security Council resolutions and that the latest U.N. sanctions have proven ineffective, notes Reuters.

The officials from the two countries are meeting on Wednesday to prepare for a second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and N. Korean leader Kim Jong-un, writes Al Jazeera.

Gordon Chang, a regional analyst, sees the development as a deliberate failure on the part of the U.S., which has been dragging foot on enforcing the sanctions on Pyongyang since the middle of May last year, and consequently emboldening Kim to continue expanding and safeguarding his nuclear assets.