North Korea accesses ‘global commercial channels’ to develop nuclear weapons

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One of the key reasons that North Korea is able to access global commercial channels despite international sanctions is because of regulatory blind spots that miss important entry points,” said Aaron Arnold, senior associate fellow at RUSI and a former member of the UN Panel of Experts that monitors implementation of UN sanctions on North Korea. These are the gatekeeper services and professions, like the accountants and lawyers who help North Korea establish front companies or the notary who signs vessel sales documents.”