N.Korea trying to protect nuclear, missile capabilities -U.N. report
North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs remain intact and the country is working to make sure those capabilities cannot be destroyed by any military strikes, according to a confidential report by U.N. sanctions monitors.The report to a 15-member U.N. Security Council sanctions committee, seen by Reuters on Monday, comes ahead of a second planned summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un later this month. They initially met in June 2018 and Kim pledged to work toward denuclearization.While Trump has hailed "tremendous progress" in his dealings with North Korea, the U.N. report found that Pyongyang "is using civilian facilities, including airports, for ballistic missile assembly and testing with the goal of effectively preventing 'decapitation' strikes" on a smaller number of identified nuclear and missile assembly and manufacturing sites."The report said it "found evidence of a consistent trend on the part of the DPRK to disperse its assembly, storage and testing locations," using the abbreviation for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
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