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ROK firms allegedly smuggled dual use chemicals to pro-DPRK countries in Middle East

Sankei led with a finding that the ROK government has punished several local companies for illicitly shipping to Syria, Iran, Pakistan, and other nations in the Middle East and Africa chemical agents that can be used for manufacturing weapons of mass destruction. Noting that Japan cited “inappropriate cases” on the part of South Korea in justifying the adoption of tighter export regulations for ROK-bound semiconductor materials, the daily underscored that the finding points to Seoul’s failure to enforce strict controls on exports of strategic materials. 

 

All TV networks reported on Wednesday evening or this morning that the ROK government disclosed yesterday that it had detected 156 cases of the illegal export of sensitive materials in the last four years until March 2019, apparently in an effort to show that it has been managing the export of strategic substances properly.

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