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Belarus reports to UNSC panel on 'departure' of blacklisted N.K. agent

All News 10:20 August 03, 2018

SEOUL, Aug. 3 (Yonhap) -- Belarus has taken measures "leading to the departure" of a blacklisted North Korean agent in the eastern European country, its sanctions implementation report to the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) showed Friday.

Posted on the UNSC sanctions committee's website, the April report said that the measures were taken in December last year against Kim Sou-kwang, a confirmed operative of the North's Reconnaissance General Bureau, a key military intelligence agency.

In April, the European Union put Kim and three of his family members on its sanctions list for the illicit transfer of assets or resources that could financially contribute to the North's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

The EU has said that Kim engaged in a "pattern of deceptive financial practices," which could contribute to the North's weapons of mass destruction-related programs, and was involved in large bank transfers while working as a diplomat.

Belarus' report was a show of its commitment to enforcing UNSC Resolution 2397, which was adopted in December last year following Pyongyang's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile in November.


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