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The Security Council imposed sanctions against North Korea after its first nuclear test in 2006 and stepped up sanctions after its second test in 2009 to try to derail the country’s rogue nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

The panel found “ample evidence” that North Korea “continues actively to defy the measures in the resolutions,” citing “elaborate techniques” used in “several interceptions of proscribed goods.”

“Nevertheless, although the resolutions have not caused the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to halt its banned activities, they appear to have slowed them and made illicit transactions significantly more difficult and expensive,” the report said.


Dozens quit ruling party in blow to premier

TOKYO — A powerful member of Japan’s ruling party and dozens of his followers quit the group Monday and are likely to form their own rival bloc, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.

Ichiro Ozawa and 49 other lawmakers submitted their resignations to the Democratic Party of Japan and others could follow later, a party official said. Thirty-eight are members of the lower house of parliament, where a loss of 11 more lawmakers would end the ruling party’s majority and could force Mr. Noda to call new elections.

Mr. Ozawa, 70, played a key role in the party’s rise to power in 2009, defeating the long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party. He has been a vocal critic of Mr. Noda’s plan to double Japan’s sales tax to 10 percent by 2015.


25-nation bloc to end Kosovo’s supervision

VIENNA — A 25-nation group supervising Kosovo’s democratic progress announced Monday that it will end oversight of Europe’s youngest independent nation in September, a move that will bring the ethnically divided country closer to its aspirations of European Union and NATO membership.

The decision, announced Monday in Vienna by Pieter Feith of Kosovo’s International Civilian Office, reflected confidence that Kosovo’s leadership could reduce tensions between majority ethnic Albanians and minority Serbs.

International military and police units, however, will still patrol Kosovo to lower the risk of ethnic violence.

From wire dispatches and staff reports