The BBC and others reported on 17th December that Chan Han Choi, 59, who has lived in Australia for more than 30 years, has been arrested in Sydney for allegedly acting as an economic agent and brokering illegal exports from the country and discussing the supply of WMD to North Korea, Australian Federal Police (AFP) have said. Police allege he has broken both UN and Australian sanctions.
It is the first time anyone has been charged under Australia’s 1995 Weapons of Mass Destruction (Prevention of Proliferation) Act.
The 6 charges relate to –
- brokering services related to North Korea’s weapons programme, including the sale of specialist services including the sale of missile components, including software for the guidance systems of ballistic missiles to foreign entities, in order to generate income for the regime; and
- brokering the sale of coal from North Korea to groups in Indonesia and Vietnam, though there was no indication officials in Indonesia or Vietnam had been involved in the attempted coal sales.