Thursday, November 15, 2012

South Korea has reported the seizure of cargo from a Chinese freighter that can be used to produce ballistic missiles tha was made in North Korea and destined for Syria. The seizure of 445 graphite cylinders from the Shanghai-registered Xin Yan Tai in May at Busan was reported to the UN Security Council committee. This could be a violation of sanctions against the reclusive, nuclear-armed rogue state. The council imposed sanctions against North Korea after its first nuclear test in 2006 and stepped up the punitive measures after its second test in 2009 to try to derail the country's rogue nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. Under the sanctions, the North is barred from importing or exporting nuclear and missile material and technology. As one of five veto-wielding permanent member, China, must handle behavior that violates relevant UN Security Council resolutions and China's laws and regulations strictly. North Korea continues actively to defy the measures in the UN sanctions resolution. 

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