U.N. extends proliferation panel's term in N. Korea

The United Nations Security Council voted to extend a mandate for the Panel of Experts to assist the Sanctions Committee on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

As part of the extension, the panel would need to provide a midterm report to the committee by Aug. 5, and a final report would need to be completed by Feb. 23, 2016. The council asked that all U.N. member nations relevant to the committee's and panel's actions cooperate to the fullest extent possible.

This decision was spurred by the continued potential threat from North Korea of proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and materials to the international community and global peace efforts.

The Sanctions Committee was established in 2006 under a resolution after the DPRK claimed to have performed a nuclear test. Under the resolution, economic and commercial sanctions were placed against the government of North Korea as long as the country is engaged in the development, research and testing of ballistic missiles and nuclear arms. It also stipulates that all imports and exports are banned.

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