North Korea boosts nuke, missile program after cyberattacks: UN

According to a UN study, North Korea continued to progress its nuclear and missile programmes last year, benefiting significantly from cyberattacks. "According to a member state, DPRK cyberactors stole more than $50 million from at least three bitcoin exchanges in North America, Europe, and Asia between 2020 and mid-2021," according to a classified report by the UN group of experts monitoring Pyongyang's sanctions implementation.

The word DPRK stands for Democratic People's Republic of Korea, which is the North's official name. In 2021, North Korea carried out at least seven assaults against cryptocurrency platforms, stealing about $400 million in digital assets, according to the report. The North continued to enhance its nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities, according to the annual report.

"Despite no nuclear tests or ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) launches, the DPRK continued to develop its capabilities for producing nuclear fissile materials," according to the report, which was submitted to the UN Security Council's North Korea sanctions committee. "The DPRK displayed greater missile force resiliency, as well as expanded capability for quick deployment and extensive mobility."

This year, Kim Jong-dictatorship un's launched a barrage of short- and medium-range ballistic missiles, threatening to end a years-long ban on nuclear and long-range missile testing.

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