North Korea is Acquiring Nuclear Tech
North Korea is acquiring technology for its nuclear weapons program through its Berlin embassy, in February 2018.
Hans-Georg Maassen, the head of the Security Agency (BfV) in Germany said, “We determined that from there the North Korean embassy in Berlin weapons procurement took place, in our view, with an eye toward the missile program and in part also the nuclear program. If we find such things, we stop it, but we cannot guarantee that this can be prevented in all cases.
According to Maassen, authorities thought that parts for North Korea’s weapons program were acquired by shadow buyers in the shadow markets outside North Korea, which they further bought in Germany.
Most of the purchases were reported to be dual-use goods for application in the civil and military sectors. In 2016 and 2017, the authorities in Germany reportedly received evidence of product purchases destined for the missile program in North Korea.
The report alleges that a diplomat from North Korean had previously tried to acquire a monitor which measures gas emissions during the production of chemical weapons, in 2014.
The UN revealed that North Korea earned around US$ 200 million by means of merely exporting banned commodities, in violation of international sanctions, in 2017.
The rogue regime’s repeated weapons tests saw the UN Security Council pass increasingly strict resolutions against Pyongyang in 2017. The measures, passed after intense lobbying by Washington, targeted energy, money transfers and shipping.
However, UN Investigators in a recent report found that North Korea “is already flouting the most recent resolutions by exploiting global oil supply chains, complicit foreign nationals, offshore company registries and the international banking system.”
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