September 25, 2023

US says North Korean missile agency sent 1,000 workers to China, sold to Iran

Treasury sanctions Beijing-based couple for allegedly helping bring workers to China and procuring missile materials

A secretive North Korean agency in charge of missile and nuclear weapons development sent over 1,000 workers to China and sold electronics to Iran with the assistance of DPRK nationals in Beijing, according to the U.S. Treasury on Thursday.

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) lays out the claims in a new sanctions notice, implicating China in the weapons material procurement but only designating two North Koreans, one of whom reportedly works for the DPRK Embassy in Beijing.