Institute of Chemistry, Kanggye Branch

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Last Updated: March 1, 2003
Other Name: 강계화학분원; Kanggye Chemistry Institute (강계화학연구소); Kanggye Branch of the Academy of Defense Sciences (국방과학원강계분원)
Location: Kanggye (강계시), Chagang Province (자강도), North Korea
Subordinate To: Either the Institute of Chemistry (화학연구소), the Second Natural Science Academy (제2자연과학원), Ministry of People's Armed Forces (인민무력부), or the Academy of Sciences (과학원), Cabinet (내각)
Size: Unknown
Facility Status: Unknown

Little data are available about the precise work conducted at this facility or about this facility's exact role in the development of chemical weapons.

The Institute of Chemistry's main center is in Yŏngsŏng-kuyŏk (용성구역), Pyongyang, and two more branches are in Hamhŭng, North Hamgyŏng Province and in Shin'ŭiju, North P'yŏng'an Province.

[1] Yi Son-ho, Pukhan, November 1998, pp. 38-51, in "North Korea's Technology for the Development of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Its Ability," FBIS Document ID: FTS19981121000245.
[2] Federation of American Scientists, "Special Weapons Facilities, North Korea," 23 November 1999,
[3] Osamu Eya, Kimu Jon Iru Daizukan (Tokyo: Shogakkan, 2000), p. 65.
[4] "Puk Haekhwahakbangwiguk: Haeksaenghwahakmugi Ch'ongjihwi," Segye Ilbo, 21 May 1997, p. 17, in KINDS,
[5] "Hwahakyŏn'gu Mecca 'Kukkakwahag'wŏn Hamhŭngbunwŏn'," Segye Ilbo, 20 August 1998, p. 22, in KINDS,

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