U.N. report details North Korea's sanction violations

A United Nations report recently concluded that North Korea has defied international sanctions by shipping arms to Burma and Syria, but there are no new reports of violations involving chemical or biological weapons.

A U.N. panel of experts said the sanctions, which were placed on North Korea following nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009, have succeed in slowing, but not halting, banned activities. Pyongyang is reportedly still importing luxury goods, but has not been found transferring ballistic missile technology, according to TurkishWeekly.net.

The U.N. Security Council received the report last month, but its release was delayed because of objections issued by China, long thought to be a main transit area for illicit North Korean goods.

Denny Roy, a senior fellow at the Hawaii-based East-West Center, said that he believes China is not doing its utmost to enforce the sanctions.

"I think that people who study the issue have concluded long ago that China's interests for North Korea are different enough from the United States and South Korea that it is not a very promising prospect to expect that China will help enforce the sanctions," Roy said, VOA reports.

Nick Bisley, an expert on North Korea from Australia's Latrobe University, said he sees Beijing's decision to allow the report to be published as a potentially good sign.

"What's interesting is that China has allowed the report to be published so that one conclusion you could draw from this is that China is perhaps a little more in tune with general U.N. thinking about North Korea than it has been in the past," Bisley said, VOA reports.