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Tue Mar 12, 2019, 12:48 PM

U.N. investigating suspected North Korean arms dealers in Iran

Source: NBC News

Iran has yet to comply with a U.N. request to turn over copies of passports belonging to all North Korean diplomats in the country, report says.

The United Nations is investigating two North Korean missile and arms companies suspected of operating in Iran in possible violation of internationalsanctions, according to a report by a U.N. panel of experts.

The presidents of top North Korean regime arms firms, KOMID, which exports equipment for ballistic missiles and other weapons, and Green Pine, which sells conventional arms, recently traveled to Iran, according to air passenger documents cited by the report by the U.N. panel.

A U.N. member state informed the panel that the two North Korean arms firms — which are both blacklisted by the United Nations — are “extremely active in Iran now,” Hugh Griffiths, coordinator of the U.N. panel assessing sanctions on North Korea, told NBC News in an exclusive television interview.
The United Nations is now looking into allegations that North Koreans working for the blacklisted arms companies are back in Tehran and engaged in cash couriering for suspected illicit activities, according to the U.N. report, which was reviewed by NBC News.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/north-korea/u-n-investigating-suspected-north-korean-arms-dealers-iran-n982016

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