Japan’s Asahi Shimbun is reporting that Pyongyang’s recent string of successful missile launches is largely due to a Chinese firm that smuggled crucial tungsten and aluminum alloys to a North Korean company in April. The Japanese newspaper quotes a “source with deep insights into trade between North Korea and China” as saying that a Chinese private-sector company smuggled the materials, including high-grade tungsten and aluminum alloy, to North Korea’s central science, technology and trade company.
According to a source with deep insights into trade between North Korea and China, a Chinese private-sector company smuggled materials needed to develop missiles to North Korea sometime in April. In particular, high-grade tungsten and aluminum alloy was sent by the Chinese company to North Korea’s central science, technology and trade company. It was not clear what volume of materials was sent or the course used to smuggle them.
The tungsten was coveted by North Korean rocket scientists due to its hardness and penetrating ability. They also needed high-grade aluminum alloys to make their missiles stronger and lighter. Asahi says the unnamed ChineseRead more