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By Sean Bell, military analyst

The United Nations Security Council (UN Security Council) has adopted nine major sanctions against North Korea in response to the country’s nuclear and missile activities since 2006.

In June of that year, the UN Security Council imposed an embargo on the export of major weapons to and import from North Korea.

In June 2009, it extended the embargo to all weapons, except the export of small arms and light weapons to the country, eventually banning them as well in 2015.

Russia signed these embargoes.

Yet late last year, a series of visits by top Russian leaders to North Korea aimed to address Russia’s growing demand for weapons, artillery shells and missiles to support the war in Ukraine.

Although Russia has denied importing North Korean weapons, the Royal United Service Institute (RUSI) tracks ships transporting weapons to Russia.

It tracked four Russian cargo ships, each carrying hundreds of containers.

Estimates indicate that North Korea has sold more than 7,000 containers containing more than a million rounds of ammunition, rockets and rockets to Russia since a deal was struck last year.

Russia denies importing North Korean weapons.

However, an inspector from the Conflict Arms Research team in Ukraine has studied the remains of a series of missiles fired at Ukrainian targets this year and has made a series of important discoveries.

According to reports, parts of the missile contained characters used only in the Korean alphabet, and the number ‘112’ was stamped on parts of the missile: ‘2023’ in the Korean calendar.

Closer examination of hundreds of electronic components revealed that the missiles were “bursting” with Western technology.

Most electronics are manufactured in the US or Europe and come from recent years.

Despite supposedly significant sanctions, North Korea has managed to illegally purchase large amounts of Western technology, assemble missiles and sell them to Russia for use in the war in Ukraine.

While North Korea’s weapons may not be very effective, they are cheap and can be purchased in large quantities and used to degrade Ukrainian air defense systems.

Quantity has a quality all its own – so what’s the point of sanctions if they can be so easily circumvented?

North Korea is apparently benefiting from the arms export deal with Russia, which will create further opportunities for Pyongyang to expand arms exports as a vital source of revenue – to grow its economy and military capabilities.

Not to mention that it undermines the authority of the UN – given that Russia signed the ban on North Korean arms exports, yet blatantly ignores the ban to meet its war needs.

Yet the UN appears powerless to enforce its own sanctions.