UNITED NATIONS - An independent audit has found no evidence of consistent misuse of UN funds in North Korea. The review was done to investigate allegations that resources of the UN Development Programme were diverted to illicit purposes in the East Asian country. The audit led by the former Hungarian prime minister Miklos Nemeth said most of the money spent by the programme in North Korea in recent years was, in fact, appropriately used for anti-poverty programmes, said a UN news release. The UN programme plans to study the 353-page audit findings before taking follow-up action. "We finally have some closure on the allegations made against UNDP," a spokesman said. The review looked into more than 100 projects run by the programme in the past eight years and found the larger, more complex or higher-risk ones "were managed, monitored and evaluated substantially in accordance with UNDP requirements." The audit found some deficiencies in the management of projects which have since been improved. A sample of the many projects showed "there is no evidence to substantiate the allegations that projects' resources were consistently mismanaged or diverted for other purposes, or generally unaccounted for," the report said. Last June, US diplomats presented new allegations that UNDP funds had been improperly diverted by North Korea, including charges that nearly US$3 million in UN aid was used by the Pyongyang regime to buy property in France, Britain and Canada. UNDP issued a point-by-point rebuttal of the US charges, saying they did not match its records, and an internal audit in early 2007 had found no proof of earlier US claims of systematic diversion of large-scale UN funding to the Pyongyang regime. In March 2007, UNDP suspended operations in North Korea after Pyongyang failed to meet operational changes endorsed and mandated by the agency's executive board. In June 2007, US lawmakers voted to cut US$20 million from US funding for UNDP over the fund misuse allegations and to shift the money to two other funds.