UN Sanctions Commission “North Steals Hypersonic Missile Technology by Hacking”-Chosun online Chosun Ilbo

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A UN report has been released that North Korea has already completed the hypersonic missile interception avoidance technology and stole the information necessary for technology development by a cyber attack abroad. On the 1st of this month (local time), the United Nations Security Council’s North Korean Sanctions Committee released an annual report of an expert panel containing these details.

“North Korea has been relentlessly developing ballistic missile technology even before the recent launch of the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test,” said an expert panel report of the North Korea Sanctions Commission. Korea may have already completed the hypersonic missile interception avoidance technology, and is also proceeding with the deployment of submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs). ” North Korea has already succeeded in launching hypersonic missiles capable of low-altitude flight in irregular orbits from mobile launch vehicles, and it has been pointed out that it is currently difficult for Korea and the United States to respond. “It seems that the technical information needed for development was obtained or stolen with the help of hackers,” the panel said from the intelligence authorities of UN member states.

It is also found that North Korea has secretly supported China and Russia, even though the trade of raw materials and parts necessary for the development of ballistic missiles, which are weapons of mass destruction, is strictly prohibited by sanctions by the international community. rice field. In particular, the panel report pointed out that Mr. Oh Young-ho (60), a diplomat belonging to the North Korean embassy in Moscow, was “general manager of the procurement of raw materials made in Russia.” Mr. Oh Young-ho has 9 tons of special stainless alloys and alloys for SLBM body required for manufacturing ballistic missiles using liquid fuel (2018), design drawing of Russian cruise missile TRDD50 (2019), bearings and missiles. He obtained the solid fuel synthesis manual (2020) from Russian companies and missile engineers and brought it back to North Korea.

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According to the report, North Korea ordered missile engine parts such as stainless alloys, valves, pumps and bearings at least four times last year alone from a company in Dandong, China, through Kim Jong-duk, a Korean machinery trading company. I put it in. The North Korean Military Industry Department (equivalent to the Ministry, the same applies hereinafter) purchased materials necessary for the production of solid fuel for missiles, such as aluminum powder, from Shenyang, China in 2019-20 through a person named Lim Ryung Nam.

“We don’t have any information about whether North Koreans bought the embargoed goods,” the Russian and Chinese governments said in an interview with the United Nations. The company did not answer either. Meanwhile, North Korea became one of five countries that opposed Russia’s resolution condemning the invasion of Ukraine at an urgent UN General Assembly last month. China and Russia blocked a UN Security Council media statement condemning North Korea’s launch of an ICBM on the 25th of last month.

North Korea has closed its borders immediately after the Corona pandemic, but it has also been found that it has focused on numerous digital crimes such as cyber attacks to promote foreign currency earning and weapons development while avoiding sanctions. According to the report, “Cyber ​​attackers working with the North Korean Reconnaissance Bureau will total more than $ 50 million (about 6.1 billion yen) from at least three cryptocurrency exchanges in North America, Europe and Asia from 2020 to the middle of last year. “Stolen” and “North Korea stole more than $ 400 million (about 49 billion yen) of virtual currency in at least seven cyber attacks last year alone,” estimates by private cyber security company Chainalysis. Also introduced. Meanwhile, on the 1st, the US Treasury Department added five sanctions, including North Korea’s Rocket Industry Department, which supported ICBM development, Korea Victory Mountain Trading Company, Korea Gassho River Trading Company, and Euncheon Trading Company.

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New York = Correspondent Chung Shihen

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