Hamhŭng Chemical Factory

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Last Updated: March 1, 2003
Other Name: 함흥화학공장
Location: Hamhŭng (함흥시), South Hamgyŏng Province (함경남도), North Korea
Subordinate To: 5th Machine Industry Bureau (제5기계산업총국), Second Economic Committee (제2경제위원회) for chemical weapons production; and the Ministry of Chemical Industry (화학공업성) for civilian production
Size: Annual production capacity of 1.35 million tons
Facility Status: Unknown

There are reports that the Hamhŭng Chemical Factory is involved with CW activities, but its major products are not related to the manufacture of known CW agents. It is possible that this facility has been confused with another suspect facility, the Shinhŭng Chemical Complex (新興化學聯合企業所).

Sources:
[1] Kim Wŏn Pong, jimingun no zenbo (Tokyo: Ariadone Kikaku, 1996), p. 127.
[2] Kim Won-pong, Kitachosen jinmingun no zensho [sic] (Tokyo: Ariadone Kikaku, 1996), p. 127, in "DPRK Factories Suspected of Producing Chemical Agents," FBIS Document ID: KPP20010216000106.
[3] Chang Chun Ik, Pukhan Haek-Missile Chŏnjaeng, (Seoul: Sŏmundang, 1999), p. 460.

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