Singapore

S'pore firm guilty of aiding North Korea arms shipment

A district judge has convicted a Singapore-registered shipping company of transferring money that could have been used to contribute to the nuclear-related activities of North Korea.

Chinpo Shipping Company sent US$72,017 (S$101,500) to a shipping agent in Panama on July 8, 2013 for the return passage of the MV Chong Chon Gang through the Panama Canal.

The ship was carrying arms and related material from Cuba to North Korea.

The ship was managed by North Korean company Ocean Maritime Management, a longtime client of Chinpo's.

The cargo included two dismantled MiG-21 jet fighters, anti-tank rockets as well as SA-2 and SA-3 Russian surface-to-air missile systems and their parts. All were bound for North Korea and hidden in the cargo hold under 10,500 tonnes of sugar.

District Judge Jasvender Kaur said in her oral judgment that this constituted the largest amount of arms and related material interdicted to or from North Korea, which is under United Nations sanctions.

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