UN investigating North Korea sanctions violations in 20 countries, document shows


A South Korean presidential adviser says a possible North Korean rocket launch would be "catastrophic" for diplomacy on the North's nuclear program.

Refusing to comment specifically Bolton said "there's a lot of activity all the time in North Korea" and added: "Nothing in the proliferation game surprises me anymore".

Trump and Kim's Vietnam meeting ended abruptly without a deal on North Korean denuclearisation in return for sanctions relief.

South Korea's military said Monday it was closely monitoring North Korean facilities after a series of satellite images triggered global alarm that Pyongyang might be preparing a long-range missile or space launch.

"We're just not there on denuclearization, and that was the issue at the summit that really challenged us to move forward with a more complete agreement", Stephen Biegun, the U.S. special representative for North Korea, said Monday. He said they are observable by satellite, can be tracked by maritime intelligence, and once they are identified "you can drill down to the brokers and the bank accounts".

A State Department official said on Thursday that the U.S.is not looking to provide exemptions to South Korea to resume joint economic projects with North Korea, which Seoul has been pushing for since the first inter-Korean summit in April.

According to the Korean Central News Agency, on March 11, Kim Song, North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations, sent the notification to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Cho Han-bum at the Korea Institute of National Unification said, "Kim Jong-un resorted to the old slogan to control public sentiment, which has been affected by the continued sanctions".

Robert Manning, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will not accept the US position.

Rachel Minyoung Lee, an analyst with North Korea specialist website NK News, told the BBC that his absence from the list does not suggest a weakening grip on power.

But the meeting collapsed over an impasse over how many weapons sites North Korea would shut down and the extent of economic sanctions relief the US would offer in return.

During the summit, Kim committed to dismantling a launch facility.

Images of Samundong taken on February 22 showed cars and trucks at the site, as well as rail cars and cranes at a yard, United States news outlet NPR has reported.

Speaking about the reported activities at the North Korean site, President Donald Trump told reporters last week that "I would be very disappointed if that were happening".

As examples of this trend, it cited the test launch of Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missiles from the Panghyon aircraft factory on July 4, 2017, and a launch from Mupyong-ni 24 days after that.

"But we'll see what happens".