North Korea is working to protect its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes despite a pledge by Kim Jong Un to dismantle them, according to a UN report.

A confidential document compiled for the UN Security Council (UNSC) has accused the North Korean leader of ignoring international sanctions designed to deter his regime from developing the devastating weaponry.

It comes as Mr Kim prepares for his second summit with US President Donald Trump, which is due to take place at the end of the month.

The location for the meeting is still to be announced but the US special envoy for North Korea will visit Pyongyang on Wednesday to prepare for the summit.

The UN report, seen by Reuters, states that Pyongyang “is using civilian facilities, including airports, for ballistic missile assembly and testing” to prevent so-called “decapitation strikes” on its manufacturing sites.

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