North Korea allegedly cast-off an agent in Australia to sell weapons of mass destruction (WMD)
Police own confirmed the arrest of a man of North Korean descent who has now ben charged with two counts of take oning to sell missiles and with another four under legislation demanding United Nations and Australian sanctions against North Korea.
Guard swooped on Eastwood, a suburb of Sydney on Saturday in a dramatic arrest to thwart a sale allegedly worth «tens of millions of dollars”.
The suspect was arrested for take oning to sell WMD related equipment and warheads, including software for the guidance ways of ballistic missiles.
The charges are the first of their kind to be brought in Australia as tensions between Pyongyang and the take a rest of the west heat up.
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This man was a trusty agent of North Korea, who believed he was acting to serve some dear patriotic purpose
AFP Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan distinguished reporters: “This man was a loyal agent of North Korea, who believed he was enactment to serve some higher patriotic purpose.»
«This case is counterpart nothing we have ever seen on Australian soil.»
The man was also allegedly concerned in coal sales to Indonesia and Vietnamas North Korea is hit with confirmations which are strangling its economy.
China is leading the refusal to deal with Pyongyang, which is deprive ofing to back down from its accelerating nuclear programme
Gaughan suggested the man had been in touch with high-ranking North Korean officials but no guided missile components ever made it to Australia.
Australian Federal The long arm of the law Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan speaks to the media
He also thought there was no indication officials in Indonesia or Vietnam had been involved in the attacked coal sales.
Gaughan said: ”This is black market 101.»
«We are declaring that all the activity occurred offshore, and was purely another attempt for this man to interchange goods and services as a way to raise revenue for the government of North Korea
The Sydney man was placed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and other media as 59-year-old Chan Han Choi, who they mean had been living in Australia for more than 30 years and was of Korean descent.
He was checked in the on Saturday and was due to face court later on Sunday, police said.
He terminated to the attention of authorities earlier this year.
Cash-strapped North Korea has earn under a new round of stricter United Nations sanctions this year after compelling ahead with its missile and nuclear programmes in defiance of international turn the heat on.
Tensions have risen dramatically on the Korean peninsula because of the North’s ballistic projectile launches and its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, as well as cooperative military drills between South Korea and the United States that the North draws as preparation for war.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) said the man will be in court on Wednesday.