søndag 6. februar 2022

‘Marked acceleration’ in North Korea missile testing, say UN experts

North Korea has continued to develop its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, including its capability to produce nuclear fissile materials in violation of UN security council resolutions, UN experts have said in a report.

The panel of experts said in the executive summary of the report obtained on Saturday night by Associated Press that there was “a marked acceleration” of Pyongyang’s testing and demonstration of new short-range and possibly medium-range missiles through January, “incorporating both ballistic and guidance technologies and using both solid and liquid propellants”. “New technologies tested included a possible hypersonic guiding warhead and a manoeuvrable re-entry vehicle,” the panel said. North Korea also demonstrated “increased capabilities for rapid deployment, wide mobility (including at sea), and improved resilience of its missile forces”.

The experts said North Korea “continued to seek material, technology and knowhow for these programmes overseas, including through cyber means and joint scientific research”.