17 May '11, 7pm

Reuters - China blocks U.N. report on N.Korea-Iran ties - envoys #china #iran

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - China on Tuesday blocked the publication of a U.N. expert panel's report that suggests North Korea and Iran have been sharing ballistic missile technology in violation of U.N. sanctions, diplomats said. The confidential report, which was obtained by Reuters, also said the illicit technology transfers had "trans-shipment through a neighboring third country." That neighboring country was China, several diplomats told Reuters on condition of anonymity. China moved to prevent the 15-nation U.N. Security Council from publishing the report by taking a step known as breaking the silence procedure, several Security Council diplomats told Reuters on condition of anonymity. In this case, the "silence procedure" referred to a Tuesday morning deadline set for any of the 15 council members to object to the North Korea report's publication. A note from the Fre...

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