` North Korea’s `UNHA-3 Rocket ‘ was built with Components from South Korea, UK and the United States ‘

#AceWorldNews – NORTH KOREA – March 29 – North Korea’s Unha-3 rocket was built with components from South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States, UN experts revealed.

In a little-publicized March 10 report, the UN Panel of Experts also discovered the rocket contained off-the-shelf parts from China and Switzerland, while Soviet-era SCUD-missiles have also been stripped down for components.

The bulk of the components had not been obtained in violation of sanctions targeting the North, the UN said, adding their utilization “shows the ability of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to assemble complex systems with globally sourced components.”

Many of the parts in question listed are widely available computer components. However, a US-manufactured video decoder, along with UK-made temperature and pressure sensors, were also recovered.

The panel noted that the South Korean parts consisting of electronic circuits and other computer parts were manufactured between 2003 and 2010. They were unable to trace the components back to the manufacturers however, due to “insufficient identifiers.”

However, placing these dual-use components on the North Korean sanctions list could prove problematic, analysts say.

“The current list of banned military and dual-use goods is already comprehensive. Adding more readily available materials to it would both risk infringing on legitimate non-military end-uses and be extremely difficult for member states to effectively implement,” Lawrence Dermody, an analyst specializing in illicit trafficking at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, told NK News.

“If you start to ban items that are not in themselves offensive, but that just might be used for building a missile, where do you stop?” an anonymous source familiar with UN sanctions told the news site.

Read More: RT – http://on.rt.com/dh3c11

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` North Korea has said the military exercises are a rehearsal for an invasion ‘ US and Seoul Hotly Deny this and insist they are Defensive’

#AceWorldNews says that South Korea said Pyongyang fired seven suspected artillery shells into the ocean on Tuesday.

Seoul has described the move as a provocation apparently directed against its ongoing military drills with the US, AP reported.

North Korea earlier launched six Scud-Missiles into the sea after the annual exercises began about a week ago.

Artillery shells were also fired days before the drills started.

North Korea has said the exercises are a rehearsal for invasion, but Washington and Seoul insist they are defensive.

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“Israel Decides to Stop Issuing `Gas Masks’ that was Started During the 1991 Gulf War”

#AceWorldNews says Israel decided Sunday to end a decades-old policy of issuing gas masks to the public. Since Israel was hit by Iraqi Scud-Missiles in the 1991 Gulf War the authorities have handed out gas masks, although in recent years Syria’s chemical arsenal was of greater concern. That changed when Syrian President Bashar al Assad agreed last year to give up his chemical weapons stockpile. The distribution of masks to the public will stop by February, after which they will be given to the rescue services only.

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