North Korea and Iran have been violating sanctions and sharing ballistic missile technology, according to a leaked U.N. report. The U.N. imposed sanctions on Pyongyang after it conducted nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009. The sanctions ban all trade in nuclear and missile technology with North Korea. While that country is believed to have enough plutonium to make six bombs, it is not thought to have developed a ballistic missile that could carry a nuclear warhead. The U.N. report suggests that Iran and North Korea have been exchanging ballistic missile-related items, smuggling them on airplanes. Additionally, the report says that these transfers traveled through a third country, which is suspected to be China. According to the report, North Korea’s nuclear program is “primarily for military purposes,” and the country should be “compelled to abandon” it.
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