No. 125 Factory
|Other Name:||125호 공장,The 125 Factory, Pyongyang 125 Factory, Pyongyang Pig Factory|
|Location:||Northwestern part of Pyongyang. There are conflicting reports on the location of this facility. Some reports place the factory in Chung'i-dong (중이동), Yongsŏng-kuyŏk (용성구역), Pyongyang, and others place it in Hyŏngjesan-kuyŏk (형제산구역), Pyongyang. Yongsŏng-kuyŏk and Hyŏngjesan-kuyŏk are adjacent to each other, and Chung'i-dong is right next to Hyŏngjesan-kuyŏk, which could be the cause for confusion. The South Korean Ministry of Unification reports that the factory is in "Chunggye-dong" (중계동), Hyŏngjesan-kuyŏk, Pyongyang, but apparently there is no "Chunggye-dong" in Hyŏngjesan-kuyŏk. There is a "Ch'ŏnggye-dong," which is nearby, but in Yongsŏng-kuyŏk.|
|Subordinate To:||Fourth Machine Industry Bureau (제4기계공업국), which is also known as the "Fourth General Bureau" (제4총국) or the "Missile Bureau" (미사일총국), Second Economic Committee (제2경제위원회), National Defense Commission (국방위원회)|
According to North Korean defector Ch'oe Ju Hwal, this factory produces missiles, is located in Hyŏngjesan-kuyŏk, Pyongyang, and is nicknamed the "Pyongyang Pig Factory." The press has reported that the No. 125 Factory produces Scud-B and Nodong ballistic missiles, and Silkworm surface-to-ship missiles. South Korean government sources say that visitors from Middle Eastern countries have been to this factory in connection with North Korean "Scud-B" (Hwasŏng-5) sales. [Note: Ch'oe admits in an interview that he has no direct knowledge of North Korean missile production or capabilities, and that others have provided him with missile-related information.]
 Interview with Ch'oe Ju Hwal by Daniel A. Pinkston, senior research associate, Center for Nonproliferation Studies, 9 April 2001;
 Seoul Kim Kwang In, "'Twaejigongjang'sŏn Missile Saengsan," Chosun Ilbo, 11 February 2001, www.chosun.com;
 "'Pyongyang Pig Factory' Produces Missiles," Chosun Ilbo, 12 February 2001, http://english.chosun.com;
 Chŏng Ki Hae, "Kyŏngjenan'ŭi Bburi/Min'gan'gyŏngje Kalg'a'mŏknŭn Kunsusan'ŏp (A! Bungnyŏkdongp'o: 23)," Joongang Ilbo, 30 March 1995, p. 8, in KINDS, www.kinds.or.kr;
 "Puk'e Missile Kongjang 4 Kot, Kiji 10 Kot Isang Itta," Cheju Ilbo, 26 March 1999, www.chejunews.co.kr;
 "Pukhan'ŭi Missile Kaebal Kunsa," Tongil News, 27 February 2001, www.tongilnews.com;
 "Sunch'ŏn.Kaech'ŏn'e Missile Kongjang," Joongang Ilbo, 10 January 2001, www.joins.com;
 KBS-1 Television Network (Seoul), 13 October 1995, in FBIS-EAS-95-198, 13 October 1995, pp. 49-50.
This material is produced independently for NTI by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of and has not been independently verified by NTI or its directors, officers, employees, or agents. Copyright © 2011 by MIIS.