Japan says it has evidence that a Chinese company exported vehicles capable of transporting and launching missiles to North Korea, reports Masami Ito of the Japan Times.
If true it would be a clear violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution banning the export of weapons or technology that could be used for nuclear weapons programs.
The Japan Coast Guard investigated a Cambodian freighter in October and found documents indicating that four of the vehicles were shipped from Shanghai to North Korea last August.
The transporter, erector, launcher vehicles (TELs) — which were showcased in a military parade in April to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung — could be used to transport long-range missiles around North Korea, making them harder to locate.
Here’s an image, via AP:
From the Associated Press:
Immediately after the parade, private experts said the vehicles probably came from China, citing similarities to Chinese design patterns in the windscreen, the windscreen wiper configuration, the door and handle, the grill, the front bumper lighting configurations, and the cabin steps.
A spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry called the reports “inaccurate” and said that China did not violate U.N. or Chinese laws, according to AP.
U.N. Security Council Resolution 1718 —adopted unanimously in October 2006 after North Korea tested a nuclear bomb — prohibits member states from exporting weapons of mass destruction and missile-related arms (including TELs) to North Korea.
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