National Security Brief: Sanctions Have ‘Significantly’ Delayed North Korea’s Nuke Program

International sanctions have significantly slowed down expansion of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

Reuters reports that according to a confidential report by a U.N. panel of experts, financial sanctions, an arms embargo and other international restrictions have inhibited the North Koreans’ nuclear progress.


“While the imposition of sanctions has not halted the development of nuclear and ballistic missile programs, it has in all likelihood considerably delayed (North Korea’s) timetable and, through the imposition of financial sanctions and the bans on the trade in weapons, has choked off significant funding which would have been channeled into its prohibited activities,” the report said, according to Reuters.

Meanwhile, Agence France-Presse reports that a top U.S. official said the North Koreans have yet to develop a nuclear weapons small enough to fit on a missile. “I don’t believe they have the capability to miniaturise the nuclear warhead, put it on top of the missile, work the launch and re-entry problem, and target,” the official said.

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  • The Washington Times reports: The justification that U.S. officials cite in international law for killing terrorism suspects with drones is not accepted outside the United States, not even by America’s allies, the U.N. official investigating the program said Tuesday.
  • Reuters reports: The top U.S. general in charge of cyber security warned on Tuesday that the United States is increasingly vulnerable to attacks like those that destroyed data on tens of thousands of computers in Saudi Arabia and South Korea in the past year.
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