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UN report highlights role of foreign intermediaries in North Korean arms sales

13 March 2019

North Korea continues to violate UN Security Council (UNSC) sanctions and has attempted to supply small arms, light weapons, and other military equipment to Houthi rebels in Yemen, as well as to Sudan and Libya via foreign intermediaries, according to a 5 March report by a United Nations panel of experts tasked with monitoring the situation.

In its annual report to the UNSC the panel said it has been investigating efforts by North Korea’s Ministry of Military Equipment (MME) and the Korea Mining Development Trading Corporation (KOMID) to supply a wide array of conventional arms and ballistic missiles to the Houthi group in Yemen through Syrian arms trafficker Hussein al-Ali and his Syrian-registered company Consulting Bureau for Marketing.

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