March 21, 2023

Parts from U.S., UK and SK in North Korean rocket

The UN Panel of Experts' report finds foreign sourced components in the DPRK's Unha-3 rocket

Components originating from the United States, United Kingdom and South Korea were used to build North Korea’s Unha-3 rocket system, the UN Panel of Experts concluded in their 127-page report released on March 10.

The panel also found that the rocket contained off-the-shelf parts from Switzerland, China and cannibalized SCUD parts from the former USSR. With the possible exception of one type of item, the parts did not contravene UN sanctions, though the Panel noted that their use in the missile’s manufacture “shows the ability of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to assemble complex systems with globally sourced components.”