Ch'ŏngjin Chemical Fiber Complex

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Last Updated: March 1, 2003
Other Name: 청진화학섬유연합기업소; Ch'ŏngjin Chemical Fiber Factory (청진화학섬유공장)
Location: Ch'ŏngjin (청진시), North Hamgyŏng Province (함경북도), North Korea
Subordinate To: 5th Machine Industry Bureau (제5기계산업총국), Second Economic Committee (제2경제위원회) for chemical weapons production; Ministry of Chemical Industry (화학공업성)
Size: About 3,000 employees
Facility Status: Unknown


Annual production capacity of 300 tons of pesticides; 10,000 tons of other chemical products, including carbonic acid, formalin (presumably formaldehyde), and phenol; and 30,000 tons of synthetic fiber; at least one source claims this facility has a substantial production capacity for sulfuric acid, on the order of tens of thousands of tons per year.

According to Kim Wŏn Pong, director of the Northeast Asia Research Institute (北東亞問題硏究所) in Japan, and Osamu Eya, a Japanese journalist, claim this facility produces tear and blood agents.

[1] Kim Wŏn Pong, Kitachosenjimingun no zenbo (Tokyo: Ariadone Kikaku, 1996), p. 127; Kim Wŏn Pong, Kitachosenjimingun 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] Osamu Eya, Kimu Jon Iru Daizukan (Tokyo: Shogakkan, 2000), pp. 64-65; Osamu Eya, Kimu Jon Iru Daizukan (Tokyo: Shogakkan, 2000), pp. 64-65, in "Alleged Locations of DPRK Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Warfare Facilities Mapped," 6 June 2001, FBIS Document ID: KPP20010606000075.
[4] Kim Yong Yun, Pukhan, December 1998, pp. 132-143, in "North Korean Chemical Industry," FBIS Document ID: FTS19981230001322.
[5] North Korea Information Bank, "Ch'ŏngjinhwahaksŏm'yu," Hyundai Research Institute, 2000,
[6] FBIS Report, "DPRK Photograph of Alleged CW Plant Published," 25 September 2000, in FBIS Document KPP20000925000106.

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