Hyesan Chemical Factory

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Last Updated: March 1, 2003
Other Name: 혜산화학공장; Hyesan Textile Factory/Paper Mill
Location: Hyesan (혜산시), Yanggang Province (양강도), 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: Unknown
Facility Status: Unknown

The Hyesan Chemical Factory has allegedly been involved in CW agent production; however, none of the allegations provides conclusive evidence of CW agent production. Even video footage surreptitiously obtained by Toshio Miyazuka, a professor at Yamanashi Gakuin University in Japan, fails to clearly corroborate the allegations of CW production at this site. Moreover, the commodity chemicals produced here (benzol, phenol, and hydrochloric acid) are not specific precursors for CW agents.

[1] "Characteristics of DPRK Chemical Weapons Noted," Naewoe Tongshin, 23 March 1995, pp. E1-E3 in FBIS Document ID: FTS19970508001832.
[2] Inoue Tadao, Boei Gijutsu Janaru, December 1999, in "Ch'ongsu Chemical Factory Alleged CW Site," FBIS Document ID: FTS20000111000855.
[3] Osamu Eya, Kimu Jon Iru Daizukan (Tokyo: Shogakkan, 2000), p. 65.
[4] Osamu Eya, Kimu Jon Iru Daizukan (Tokyo: Shogakkan, 2000), pp. 65, in "Alleged Locations of DPRK Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Warfare Facilities Mapped," 6 June 2001, FBIS Document ID: KPP20010606000075.
[5] Naewoe Tongshin, No. 903, 9 June 1994, pp. B1-B4, in Nuclear, Chemical, Biological Warfare Research Detailed, FBIS JPRS-TND-94-017, 8 September 1994, pp. 4-5.

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