Australian police have arrested a man suspected of attempting to sell missile parts and weapons of mass destruction on behalf of Pyongyang. The man also planned to transfer North Korean coal to Vietnam and Indonesia, an act that violates UN sanctions.

The arrested man

The arrested man Photo Credit: CNN/Channel 2 News

The Australian Federal Police arrested Monday a man on suspicion of attempting to sell missile parts for Pyongyang. The suspect, a 59-year-old man who was born in South Korea and grew up in Australia, is suspected of acting as an economic agent for the isolated dictatorship by brokering sales of missiles and missile parts. “This case is like nothing we have ever seen on Australian soil,” Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan stated.

According to the Australian Federal Police, the suspect was arranging the sale of weapons of mass destruction parts and planned to transfer coal to Vietnam and Indonesia. There is no evidence indicating that the governments in the two countries were aware of the plans, which violate the UN sanctions prohibiting trade relations with Kim Jong-un’s regime.

The suspect has been charged with six offenses. “This is the first time charges have been laid under the Commonwealth Weapons of Mass Destruction Act in Australia, and the first time we have laid charges specifically for alleged breaches of UN sanctions against North Korea,” Gaughan added.