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Sanctioned North Korea firm active in Iran, source says

KOMID executives traveled to Tehran immediately after sanctions.

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Elizabeth Shim
A source told South Korea press North Korean executives of a sanctioned trading company were in Iran immediately after the adoption of a United Nations Security Council sanctions resolution in early March. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
A source told South Korea press North Korean executives of a sanctioned trading company were in Iran immediately after the adoption of a United Nations Security Council sanctions resolution in early March. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

SEOUL, March 28 (UPI) -- The North Korean executives of Korea Mining Development Trading Corp. visited Iran shortly after the adoption of sanctions.

KOMID, which is under both United Nations Security Council and U.S. sanctions, has been tied to exporting equipment related to ballistic missiles and conventional weapons.

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KOMID resumed activities even after the passage of Resolution 2270, Yonhap reported.

According to the source, KOMID executives traveled to Tehran, transferring at an airport in Beijing on March 6. On March 11, the North Korean group left Iran and returned to Pyongyang.

KOMID has been on the U.N. sanctions list since 2009 because of its connection to nuclear and missile tests.

It is unclear whether the North Korean executives who were visiting Iran are blacklisted individuals, the source said.

But it's possible, the source said, that the North Koreans met with the Shahid Hemat Industrial Group to sell valves, electronic components and measurement devices that are used in liquid-fueled ballistic missiles and space launch vehicles.

Other sources in Seoul are speculating whether KOMID executives had planned the trip in anticipation of the latest sanctions.

The South Korean government is also looking into reports on the activities of KOMID executives in African countries.

KOMID has been active for many years in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, according to a Security Council report.

The recent U.N. report states the North continues to export equipment related to ballistic missiles to the Middle East and has conducted arms deals in Africa.

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