UN Says Front Companies, Embassies Mask Weapons Trade

from uk.reuters.com: (Redacted) has developed sophisticated ways to circumvent United Nations sanctions, including the suspected use of its embassies to facilitate an illegal trade in weapons, a United Nations report issued on Tuesday said. It said (redacted) was also making use of more complicated financial countermeasures and techniques “pioneered by drug-trafficking organisations” that made tracking the isolated state’s purchase of prohibited goods more difficult. The report, compiled by a panel of eight U.N. experts, is part of an annual accounting of (redacted)’s compliance with layers of U.N. sanctions imposed in response to (redacted)’s banned nuclear weapons and missile programmes. The panel reports to the U.N. Security Council.

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