Tokyo-Fresh warrant served on trader over illegal export of machine

A fresh arrest warrant was served Friday on a Tokyo trader on suspicion of illegally exporting to Myanmar a machine that can be used in the development of missiles, police said. Ri Gyong Go, 41, president of Toko Boeki trading company in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward, is suspected of exporting a small-sized cylindrical grinding machine in violation of the foreign exchange and foreign trade law.

He allegedly shipped the machine to Myanmar from Nagoya port on Nov. 20, 2008, without permission from the minister of economy, trade and industry, the police said. Cylindrical grinders can be used to develop missile control systems and centrifuge machines for uranium enrichment, the police said. The devices are used to grind magnets.


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