Taiwan Accuses Firm of WMD Exports to North Korea

Taiwan's Bureau of Investigation said today that charges will be filed against a Taipei company for allegedly selling North Korea equipment to enrich uranium and other technology for producing nuclear and biological weapons, Kyodo News reported (see GSN, Aug. 14, 2006).

Investigators have provided prosecutors with evidence implicating Yi-cheng Co. in the illegal export of filters for preparing uranium and biological agents for use in weapons as well as other equipment over the last year, according to a Taiwanese Justice Ministry official with knowledge of the case.

"This is a first in Taiwan in terms of the (discovered) export of technology geared toward producing nuclear weapons," said the official.  "The case is now a matter with … prosecutors -- the chances are great that Yi-cheng officials will be indicted soon."

The source said Yi-cheng caught the attention of investigators when they learned that the firm had delivered "spare parts that the average person wouldn't possibly have any use for" to a Chinese company known to be a North Korean front.

"Our judgment, of course was that these parts were to be used for military purposes," he said.

The Dalian, China-based front company transferred the equipment to North Korea after it receiving it from Taipei, Taiwanese media reported.

"Breaking this case will have a positive impact on Taiwan, which has been cooperating with the United States and the international community on export control for many years," he said.  "Taiwan wouldn't seek to cover this up" (Kyodo News, Nov. 27).

November 27, 2007
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Taiwan's Bureau of Investigation said today that charges will be filed against a Taipei company for allegedly selling North Korea equipment to enrich uranium and other technology for producing nuclear and biological weapons, Kyodo News reported (see GSN, Aug. 14, 2006).