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Exclusive: U.N. Sanctions Experts Warn - Stay Away from North Korea Cryptocurrency Conference

Exclusive: U.N. Sanctions Experts  Warn - Stay Away from North Korea  Cryptocurrency Conference

UNITED NATIONS - United Nations sanctions experts are warning people not to attend a cryptocurrency conference in North Korea in February, flagging it as a likely sanctions violation, according to a confidential report due to be submitted to the U.N. Security Council later this month.
The warning comes after the independent U.N. experts told the council in August that North Korea generated an estimated $2 billion for its weapons of mass destruction programs using “widespread and increasingly sophisticated” cyberattacks to steal from banks and cryptocurrency exchanges.
North Korea has been under U.N. sanctions since 2006 over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The 15-member Security Council has unanimously strengthened those measures over the years, prompting Pyongyang to look for alternative ways to make money.

The full report is due to be submitted to the U.N. Security Council North Korea sanctions committee later this month.
North Korea’s mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment. (Reuters)