Published: Mon, February 05, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

North Korea's Berlin embassy used to acquire nuclear tech: spy chief

North Korea's Berlin embassy used to acquire nuclear tech: spy chief

North Korea is funneling components for its nuclear missile program through its embassy in Berlin, the chief of Germany's internal security agency said.

Hans-Georg Maassen told NDR TV that many of these activities had been thwarted, but not all were detected, according to a BBC News report on Sunday.

Although the exact nature of the technology was not specified, the intelligence chief said they would have civilian and military uses.

"If we find such things, we prevent it".

Speaking to German public television channel ARD in an interview to be broadcast on Monday, he added: "From our point of view, they were for the missile programme but also partly for the nuclear programme". "But we can not guarantee that we spot and block each attempt", said Maassen about acquiring potential weapons parts in Germany in comments released by NDR.

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North Korea also reportedly attempted to obtain a monitor that measures gas emissions when chemical weapons are produced.

The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency has said North Korea used its Berlin embassy to acquire high-tech equipment.

Relations between North Korea and the global community have continued to deteriorate over the past year after the country launched a series of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launches.

Over the past year, the United Nations has repeatedly tightened sanctions on the reclusive state in response to leader Kim Jong-un's continued ballistic missile and nuclear tests.

The UN report found that Pyongyang had continued to export coal, iron, steel and other banned commodities - earning $200 million (€160 million) in revenue past year.

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