July 11, 2020

Czech gov’t foiled North Korean arms smuggling plot, intelligence service says
DPRK diplomat reportedly sought to acquire tank parts and drones, smuggle them through Africa and China

The Czech intelligence services foiled a North Korean attempt to smuggle arms through the country, the country's Security Information Service (BIS) and local media reports indicated this week.

In a plot reportedly uncovered in 2012 and 2013 and uncovered by Slovakian outlet Deník N, a North Korean diplomat working as an economic attaché in Germany contacted a local businessman asking for help acquiring parts for T-54 and T-55 tanks, armored cars, and jet planes.