North Korea arms traffickers arrested

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

A plane transporting North Korean manufactured weapons and explosives has been captured by Thai law enforcement. The UN banned Nork weapon exports after their missile tests earlier this year. The Times Online reports

The weapons laden aircraft seized in Bangkok en route from North Korea at the weekend has been linked to two renowned East European arms traffickers by a respected Swedish think-tank in the latest twist in the mysterious saga.

The Ilyushin-76 aircraft, which was found to be carrying 35 tonnes of weapons including rockets and grenades, was most recently registered under a company called Beibars, linked to the Serbian arms dealer Tomislav Dmanjanovic. It had previously been registered with three companies identified by the US Department of the Treasury as firms controlled by the notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, according to a researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

UN sanctions passed in June after Pyongyang tested a nuclear warhead ban North Korea from exporting any arms except light weapons — a big blow to the arms trade, which provides a significant source of income to the rogue state.

Steve Johnson
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  • Kyle Kyle on Dec 17, 2009

    Not true. The people these arms were most likely intended for are the ethnic minorities in Burma, desperate for weaponry to defend their people from the depredations of the Chinese-supported Myanmar junta.

  • Jdun1911 Jdun1911 on Dec 17, 2009

    Here the video of it. They said it was going to the terrorists in the Middle East.