Sydney man charged with working for North Korea

Lester Mason
December 17, 2017

Police say the man - a naturalized Australian citizen of Korean descent - allegedly brokered the sale of missiles, missile components and expertise from North Korea to other global entities, and discussed the supply of weapons of mass destruction.

This is the first time a person has been charged under the Weapons of Mass Destruction Act.

They allege he had brokered services related to North Korea's weapons programme, including the sale of specialist services including ballistic missile technology to foreign entities, in order to generate income for the North Korean regime. "This is the first time charges have been laid under the Commonwealth Weapons of Mass Destruction Act in Australia, and the first time we have laid charges specifically for alleged breaches of United Nations sanctions against North Korea".

Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan he's been charged over two transactions that were unsuccessful.

He was also allegedly trying to arrange the transfer of coal from North Korea to Indonesia and Vietnam.

Despite global sanctions, cash-strapped North Korea last month test-fired its most powerful missile that may be able to target the USA mainland. He is facing six charges in total after being arrested at his home on Saturday night.

The man was arrested and charged in Sydney yesterday and is expected to face Parramatta Bail Court later today.

"But we estimate that if these trades were successful were talking tens of millions of dollars", he told reporters in Sydney. "We'll continue to carry out those inquiries over the coming months", Assistant Commissioner Gaughan said.

In a Sunday news conference, police confirmed the man was a naturalised Australian citizen of Korean origin who had been in the country for over 30 years.

"Any individual who attempts to fly in the face of sanctions can not and will not go unnoticed in Australia", he said. "We're alleging all of the activity occurred offshore".

Some of the weapons components involved in the man's discussions "could contribute to the delivery systems for weapons of mass destruction", the AFP said.

"It's all about making money for the North Korea government".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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