EXPLORING THE PERSISTENT ROLE OF DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS IN NORTH KOREA’S WMD PROLIFERATION AND ARMS TRAFFICKING NETWORKS

A paper from Daniel Salisbury dated 5 July is now freely available online and says that North Korea frequently uses diplomatic missions, diplomats and intelligence officers in its WMD proliferation and arms trafficking networks. The paper identifies a number of trends surrounding the use of North Korean missions – including the types and locations of missions featuring in specific types of proliferation and arms dealing activities, the prominence of larger missions and use of third country and regional hubs.  It argues that the persistence of these assets in the DPRK’s networks is largely a result of convenience and diplomatic immunity.  The paper concludes by recommending further action to counter these assets while arguing that the phenomenon will continue to be a challenging feature of North Korea’s proliferation and arms trading activities.

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14799855.2021.1942848

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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