GLOCOM – NORTH KOREAN ELECTRONICS COMPANY CONTINUES TO OPERATE

A post on Arms Control Wonk on 28th September reminds one that the Glocom company and its North Korean connections came to light after a consignment of its battlefield radios was interdicted on its way to Eritrea in 2016 and the company’s network became the subject of investigations.  Rather than disappearing there has been a seemingly successful effort by Glocom to diversify its approaches to accessing the global defence market.  It says that Glocom has unveiled a new version of its website, complete with a set of social media accounts on platforms from Twitter to Youtube and Instagram.  It director, Pyon Won Gun, is subject to EU sanctions.  It seems that, according to the post, despite reporting and flagging the content of both Glocom’s Youtube and Twitter accounts, neither have been removed.  The post refers to Wall Street Journal reports that Fabulous System SDN BHD in Malaysia currently has Glocom products for sale on their website – and details the products involved, being portable and tactical radios.  The post says that Advanced Technology Facility (ATF) in Indonesia had at least 5 products listed on their website under the “EDSAT” brand which bear striking resemblance to Glocom’s in terms of appearance and product specifications.  It appears to the poster that not only is Glocom continuing to operate, and seemingly flourish, but it is also using third party sites to sell its goods.

https://www.armscontrolwonk.com/archive/1205992/not-your-usual-game-of-whack-a-mole/

See a former Glocom advert on the Wayback Machine at –

http://web.archive.org/web/20180730175452/https:/glocom-corp.com/2018/

See also the 2017 reuters article on Glocom at –

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-northkorea-malaysia-arms-insight-idUKKBN1650YG

And a previous update on Glocom at –

https://www.armscontrolwonk.com/archive/1203749/glocom-is-at-it-again/

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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