This NK News podcast from 23rd July examines how researchers are collaborating with a number of overseas counterparts, and publishing scientific papers.  It features an interview with a researcher from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in the US who examined the papers.  The podcast considers what North Korean scientists are studying, who they are collaborating with, and if their research runs against international sanctions.

The Middlebury report from December 2018 is at –


This said that by developing key technologies indigenously, North Korea seeks to reduce its need to import sensitive goods that might otherwise be denied to it through export controls, sanctions enforcement, or lack of funds.  It concluded that some of these activities may be contrary to provisions in international and national sanctions regimes. It recommended that UN member states must decide what research activities by their nationals or within their territory lie within the scope of sanctions, and which activities are better avoided, even if they are otherwise permissible.  The establishment of an agreed set of common principles or guidelines is warranted.



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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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