December 05, 2023

Red flags: The African registry employing North Korea’s arms smugglers

Investigation reveals network of businesses devoted to covering North Korea's tracks

Sierra Leone’s official shipping registry employs several Chinese nationals involved in North Korea’s weapons smuggling networks, authorizing them to register foreign vessels under the Sierra Leonean flag, an investigation by NK News can reveal.

The discovery highlights North Korea’s ongoing employment of trusted third parties in its attempt to camouflage illicit activities and circumvent UN restrictions designed to curtail its weapons of mass destruction program.