December 05, 2023

North Korean buyer purchased helicopter from Russia in 2019: US court documents

Delivery to DPRK would likely be sanctions violation, though expert says low cost suggests it was civilian aircraft

A North Korean buyer purchased a helicopter from a Russian vendor in March 2019, according to U.S. court documents cited in a new U.N. report, cargo that would have likely breached multiple international sanctions if delivered.

Sim Hyon Sop, a sanctioned North Korean representative of the Korea Kwangson Banking Corporation, allegedly worked with a group of Chinese nationals and companies acting as middlemen for the DPRK to procure the helicopter, transaction details in the U.S. court documents from Nov. 2022  reveal.