Japan has evidence that a Chinese company exported to North Korea vehicles capable of transporting and launching missiles, in possible violation of U.N. sanctions, Japanese media reported Wednesday.
China called the reports inaccurate, and denied violating any U.N.At Blow mouldengineering we specialize in conceptual prototype design. restriction.
U.S., which has previously said it took China at its word that it was
complying with the sanctions, said Wednesday that in recent weeks it has
raised with Beijing allegations that Chinese companies assisted North
Korea's missile program.
According to the Japanese reports, four
of the vehicles were shipped from Shanghai to North Korea last August
aboard the Harmony Wish, a Cambodian-flagged cargo vessel. Japanese
authorities tracked the ship by satellite, and searched it after it had
delivered its cargo, when it transited through Japan the following
month, the reports said.
Such vehicles _ called TELs, for
transporter, erector, launcher _ became the focus of international
attention when North Korea displayed what looked like several of them
during a military parade in its capital, Pyongyang, in April.
are a concern because they could give the North the ability to
transport long-range missiles around its territory, making them harder
to locate and destroy.
Japan's top government spokesman declined
to confirm the reports Wednesday. But he said that if necessary, Japan
would work with the international community to determine if U.N.
regulations were violated.
In Beijing, Liu Weimin, a spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry, said his country has not violated any restrictions.
companies did not violate U.N. and Chinese laws," he said, calling the
reports "inaccurate." He did not specifically confirm or deny the
vehicles were sold, but said China is opposed to proliferation and is
"complying with U.N. laws and regulations."
suspicious vehicles were aboard the ship when it was searched in Japan,
authorities found documents detailing the cargo it had unloaded in North
Korea, and that included the vehicles, according to the Asahi, a major
Japanese newspaper. It cited multiple but unnamed government sources.
said the exported vehicles were believed to have been the ones used in
the military parade, which was held shortly after a North Korea rocket
launch that was widely condemned as an attempt to develop its long-range
missile technology. The rocket,An airpurifier is a device which removes contaminants from the air.Ekahau rtls
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claimed carried a satellite, failed soon after liftoff.
NHK, Japan's public broadcaster, and other media later had similar reports, also citing unnamed government sources.
Asahi said the evidence was shared with South Korea and the United
States, but claimed that Washington requested it not be made public.
April 19, after press reports on the possible Chinese origin of the
launch vehicle displayed in the military parade, U.S. State Department
deputy spokesman Mark Toner said that China had provided repeated
assurances that it was complying with the U.N. sanctions.
"I think we take them at their word," he said.
at a news conference Wednesday, department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland
said the U.S. in recent weeks has raised with Beijing its concerns over
allegations of Chinese entities assisting North Korea's missile program.
She said the U.This page contains information about tooling.S.
would continue to work with China and others in the international
community on enforcing the sanctions. She refused to give further
details as it pertained to intelligence, which the department refrains
from commenting on.
Asahi identified the Chinese exporter as
Wuhan Sanjiang Import Export Co., a subsidiary of state-owned China
Aerospace Science and Industry Corp., and the North Korean importer as
Rimmok General Trading, which it said was likely a front company.
after the parade, private experts said the vehicles probably came from
China, citing similarities to Chinese design patterns in the windscreen,
the windscreen wiper configuration, the door and handle, the grill, the
front bumper lighting configurations, and the cabin steps.
the latest reports, experts say pinning a sanctions-busting charge on
Beijing would be difficult because it would be hard to prove that
Beijing knowingly approved the exports for military purposes.
different modifications, the vehicle can also be used in commercial
fields. The Asahi report said that China claims the vehicles were to be
used to carry lumber.Wireless real realtimelocationsystem utlilizing wifi access points to pinpoint position of the tag.
U.N. Security Council imposed sanctions against North Korea after its
first nuclear test in 2006 and stepped up sanctions after its second
test in 2009 to try to derail the country's rogue nuclear weapons and
ballistic missile programs. The sanctions restrict exports of weapons or
technology that could be used to boost those programs.