Chinese firm offering graphite materials for sale in North Korea
Trade in graphite with DPRK could risk sanctions designation from U.S. Treasury Department
September 20: This article has been updated to include a statement by both of the mentioned firms.
A Chinese firm has been marketing potentially dual-use graphite materials to buyers in North Korea, recent photos seen by NK Pro shows.
The items – which included graphite electrodes, rods, blocks, plates, tubes and molds – were being marketed at a recent trade fair for use in “ultra-high power electric arc furnaces,” among other applications.
Graphite can be used in high-temperature furnaces and in smelting processes, with the tip of a graphite electrode capable of reaching temperatures as high
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