A North Korean shipping company that famously tried to hide banned fighter jets under a cargo of sugar has tried to evade UN sanctions by renaming most of its vessels in an attempt to obscure their origins, a new report says. The effort by Pyongyang-headquartered Ocean Maritime Management (OMM) is detailed in the report by a panel that monitors sanctions on North Korea. It makes clear the challenge of keeping banned goods from a nuclear-armed country with a history of using front companies to avoid detection. The UN Security Council was due yesterday to hold consultations on the report, which also says North Korea's government persists with its nuclear and missile programmes in defiance of council resolutions. The council last year imposed sanctions on OMM after Panama in 2013 seized a ship it operated that carried undeclared military equipment from Cuba. Panamanian authorities found two Cuban fighter jets, missiles and live munitions under the Chong Chon Gang's cargo of sugar. The council's sanctions committee said that violated a UN arms embargo imposed in response to North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes. At the time, US Ambassador Samantha Power said imposing a global asset freeze meant OMM would no longer be able to operate internationally. But the new report says after the sanctions were imposed, 13 of the 14 of its ships changed owners and managers, "effectively erasing" the company from a database kept by the International Maritime Organisation.