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UN report shows North Korea using Africa to slip sanctions

  • FILE -- In this file photo taken Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, North Korea's ceremonial leader Kim Yong Nam, center-right, the head of North Korea's parliament, arrives for a visit to Uganda's parliament in Kampala, Uganda. North Korean weapons barred by U.N. sanctions ended up in the hands of U.N. peacekeepers in Africa, a confidential report says. That incident and others in more than a half-dozen African nations show how North Korea, despite facing its toughest sanctions in decades, continues to avoid them on the world's most impoverished continent with few repercussions. (AP Photo, File)

    FILE -- In this file photo taken Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, North Korea's ceremonial leader Kim Yong Nam, center-right, the head of North Korea's parliament, arrives for a visit to Uganda's parliament in Kampala, Uganda. North Korean weapons barred by U.N. sanctions ended up in the hands of U.N. peacekeepers in Africa, a confidential report says. That incident and others in more than a half-dozen African nations show how North Korea, despite facing its toughest sanctions in decades, continues to avoid them on the world's most impoverished continent with few repercussions. (AP Photo, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE -- In this file photo taken Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, North Korea's ceremonial leader Kim Yong Nam, foreground-left, the head of North Korea's parliament, is escorted into Uganda's parliament by its Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, center, Commissioner Rosemary Seninde, center-right, and Uganda's Foreign Affairs Minister Asuman Kiyingi, right, in Kampala, Uganda. North Korean weapons barred by U.N. sanctions ended up in the hands of U.N. peacekeepers in Africa, a confidential report says. That incident and others in more than a half-dozen African nations show how North Korea, despite facing its toughest sanctions in decades, continues to avoid them on the world's most impoverished continent with few repercussions. (AP Photo, File)

    FILE -- In this file photo taken Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, North Korea's ceremonial leader Kim Yong Nam, foreground-left, the head of North Korea's parliament, is escorted into Uganda's parliament by its Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, center, Commissioner Rosemary Seninde, center-right, and Uganda's Foreign Affairs Minister Asuman Kiyingi, right, in Kampala, Uganda. North Korean weapons barred by U.N. sanctions ended up in the hands of U.N. peacekeepers in Africa, a confidential report says. That incident and others in more than a half-dozen African nations show how North Korea, despite facing its toughest sanctions in decades, continues to avoid them on the world's most impoverished continent with few repercussions. (AP Photo, File)  (The Associated Press)

A confidential report says North Korean weapons barred by United Nations sanctions ended up in the hands of U.N. peacekeepers in Africa.

The annual report by a U.N. panel of experts, obtained by The Associated Press, illustrates how Pyongyang evades sanctions imposed for its nuclear and ballistic missile programs to cooperate "on a large scale" in Africa. That includes military training and construction.

That's despite North Korea facing its toughest U.N. sanctions in decades.

Among the report's findings was the "largest seizure of ammunition in the history of sanctions" against North Korea.

Africa has the world's lowest rate of reporting on monitoring U.N. sanctions on North Korea. The U.N. report says just 11 of the continent's 54 countries reported to the panel of experts last year.