North Korea's secretive small arms exports under spotlight in global survey

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Saudi Arabia and Iran also highlighted in report revealing that small arms trade is still a murky industry in which weapons can reach wrong hands

North Korea has been singled out alongside Saudi Arabia and Iran as one of the world’s most secretive major exporters of small arms, including Kalashnikovs, rockets and machine guns, in a report by experts in Geneva.

Despite increased transparency among the 55% of nations who trade in small arms, the $6bn (£4.5bn) market remains a murky industry in which weapons find their way into the hands of terrorists or are used by states to carry out human rights abuses, according to the Small Arms Survey Trade Update 2017.

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