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UN: North Korea Smuggles Weapons Through Embassies To Skirt Sanctions

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un waves to the people during a parade to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the signing of a truce in the 1950-1953 Korean War, at Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang July 27, 2013. REUTERS/Jason LeeNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-un waves to the people during a parade in Pyongyang

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea has developed sophisticated countermeasures to circumvent U.N. sanctions, including the suspected use of its embassies to facilitate the illegal trade in weapons, according to a United Nations report.

North Korean embassies in Cuba and Singapore were suspected by the eight member U.N. panel of experts of facilitating the country’s banned arms trade, including a shipment of fighter jets and missile parts that were seized in Panama last July.

The report also pointed to the use of more developed financial countermeasures used to mask the purchase of both banned and permitted goods.

(Reporting by James Pearson. Editing by Dean Yates)

This post originally appeared at Reuters. Copyright 2014. Follow Reuters on Twitter.

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