Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Gurugram -

UNITED NA­TIONS: North Korea is press­ing on with its nu­clear weapons pro­gramme and sev­eral coun­tries be­lieve it has “prob­a­bly de­vel­oped minia­turised nu­clear de­vices to fit into the war­heads of its bal­lis­tic mis­siles,” ac­cord­ing to a con­fi­den­tial UN re­port.

The re­port by an in­de­pen­dent panel of ex­perts mon­i­tor­ing UN sanc­tions said the coun­tries, which it did not iden­tify, be­lieved North Korea’s past six nu­clear tests had likely helped it de­velop minia­turised nu­clear de­vices.

Py­ongyang has not con­ducted a nu­clear test since Septem­ber 2017. The in­terim re­port, seen by Reuters, was sub­mit­ted to the 15-mem­ber UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil North Korea sanc­tions com­mit­tee on Mon­day. Py­ongyang has been sub­jected to UN sanc­tions since 2006.

North Korea “is con­tin­u­ing its nu­clear pro­gramme, 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.

An in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile is dis­played dur­ing a pa­rade in Py­ongyang.

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