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Sydney man charged with acting as an 'economic agent' for North Korea

He's the first person charged under Australia's Weapons of Mass Destruction Act and faces a maximum 10-year prison sentence

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North Korean soldiers carry flags and a photo of late leader Kim Il Sung as they march across Kim Il Sung Square during a military parade

A Sydney man has been charged with acting as an agent for in by allegedly attempting to for including components used in ballistic missiles.

The Australian Federal Police say the 59-year-old naturalized Australian used encrypted communication to and discuss the supply of weapons of mass destruction.

Police say the man was generating tens of millions of dollars for by arranging the sale of missiles, componentry and expertise from to other entities, and was trying to arrange the transfer of coal from the country to Indonesia and Vietnam.

He's the first person charged under Australia's Weapons of Mass Destruction Act and faces a maximum 10-year prison sentence.

First Published: Sun, December 17 2017. 14:59 IST
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