Centrifuge rods’ from North Korea seized from ship in Tokyo -english/burmese

Japan has seized aluminium alloy rods that can be used to make nuclear centrifuges from a Singapore-flagged ship found to be carrying cargo from North Korea, the government said Monday.

The five rods were discovered on the ship during its call at Tokyo port last August and were confirmed to be aluminium alloy through tests conducted over the past six months, said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.

“The aluminium alloy is extremely strong and can be used in centrifuges, which are products related to nuclear development,” Suga said at a regular news briefing.

The rods were being stored at a private warehouse and the government on Monday ordered the firm to hand them over.

The items are the first to be confiscated under a special law passed in 2010 that allows Tokyo to inspect North Korea-related ships suspected of carrying materials that can be used in nuclear and missile programs.

The ship was reportedly on its way to Myanmar when it arrived in Tokyo via the Chinese port of Dalian. Suga confirmed the ship arrived via Dalian but said its cargo was bound for a “third country.”

The North has conducted three nuclear weapons tests, in 2006, 2009 and last month, and disclosed in 2010 that it is developing a program to enrich uranium using centrifuges. That would give it a second way to produce material for atomic weapons, in addition to its long-standing plutonium program.

United Nations sanctions resolutions require member states to inspect cargo suspected to be linked to the North’s nuclear development.

Myanmar was suspected of pursuing military and nuclear cooperation with North Korea during the long rule of the military junta, which finally came to an end in 2011.

The White House said last November that the slowly democratizing nation had taken “positive steps” to reduce its military relationship with the North.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/03/19/national/centrifuge-rods-from-north-korea-seized-from-ship-in-tokyo/#.UUl-mRyGIvo

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alluminium alloy shipment route
alluminium alloy shipment route

ေျမာက္ကိုရီးယားမွ ျမန္မာသို႔ တင္ပို႔ရန္ရိွေသာ အနုျမဴ အပူခံ ေလာင္စာေခ်ာင္းမ်ား ဖမ္းဆီးမိ

ဂ်ပန္အစိုးရက ေျမာက္ကိုရီးယားမွျမန္မာသို႔ တင္ပို႔ရန္ရိွေသာ စကာၤကူအလံလႊင္႔တင္ထားသည္႔
သေဘာၤမွ ႏူကလီးယား အားျဖည္႔ ေလာင္စာေခ်ာင္းၾကီး ၅ ခုအား ဂ်ပန္ႏိုင္ငံက ေတြ႔ရိွရျပီး
၄င္းေလာင္စာေခ်ာင္းမ်ားသည္ ႏိူကလီးယား လက္နက္ထုတ္လုပ္ရာတြင္ အသံုးျပဳႏိုင္ေၾကာင္း
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Local company allegedly imported missile-grade materials expires licence since 2008

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The Wan Hai 313, a cargo vessel from which aluminum alloy was seized in Tokyo in August, is seen in Kobe on Nov. 23. (Photo – Asahi Shimbun)

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A local company that reportedly attempted to have imported missile-grade materials from North Korea is not a valid company for export/import activities since 2008, according to the Commerce Ministry.

Japanese authorities seized materials suitable for uranium enrichment aboard a cargo vessel docked at Tokyo Port on August 22, 2012, the Asahi Shimbun reported.

The shipment included about 50 metal pipes and 15 high-specification aluminum alloy bars, at least some of them offering the high strength needed in centrifuges for a nuclear weapons program, the report said.

International sources also said the cargo was loaded onto the 17,138-ton Wan Hai 215, a Singapore-registered cargo vessel operated by a Taiwanese shipping company, in Dalian of China on July 27.

On August 9, the cargo was offloaded and placed aboard the 27,800-ton Wan Hai 313 in Shekou, China.

On August 14, the cargo was scheduled to change ships once again in Malaysia and to reach Yangon Port the following day.

The Asahi Shimbun described that the cargo was to be delivered to Soe Ming Htike, a Yangon-based construction company, which the U.S. government believes is a front for Myanmar’s military procurement.

Regarding the allegation, director Zaw Htay of the President’s Office denied that it had nothing to do with Myanmar government but with the company (Soe Ming Htaik Company), quoted Yangon Times Journal as saying last month.

“After checking the company lists of the previous financial years, we found out that the company and export/import licenses of Soe Min Htaik Co have been invalid since 2008. It was also found that the company did not apply for license renewal,” an official from the Commerce Ministry said.

Soe Ming Htaik Company was reported to have imported China-made military trucks and military equipment over the past 20 years, sources close to that company said. CREDIT EMG

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Japan intercepts N. Korea weapons-grade material bound for Myanmar-တရုတ္ – ေျမာက္ကိုရီးယား

update on this issue 19.march 2013    

Centrifuge rods’ from North Korea seized from ship in Tokyo -english/burmese

 

 

 

North Korea tried to ship materials suitable for uranium enrichment or missile development to Myanmar via China this year, in violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution, The Asahi Shimbun has learned.

The shipment included about 50 metal pipes and 15 high-specification aluminum alloy bars, at least some of them offering the high strength needed in centrifuges for a nuclear weapons program.

Japan seized the items aboard a cargo vessel docked at Tokyo Port on Aug. 22, a raid which took place at the request of the United States, sources told The Asahi Shimbun.

Authorities concluded that the shipment originated in North Korea because the bars were found to be inscribed “DPRK,” although investigators were unable to confirm the origin from cargo documents or from the ship’s crew, the sources said.

Japan, the United States and South Korea believe Myanmar has abandoned its one-time nuclear weapons ambitions. This makes officials suspect that the aluminum alloy may have been intended for use in building missiles instead.

A South Korean government source said Myanmar may have been trying to develop short-range missiles in the event of border disputes with its neighbors.

The United States is among nations now easing sanctions against Myanmar and supporting its move toward democracy. On Nov. 19, Barack Obama, the first serving U.S. president to visit Myanmar, met with President Thein Sein in Yangon and requested that he sever military ties with North Korea.

The revelation of apparent continued links could hamper international reconciliation. And Pyongyang has complained of U.S. pressure on Myanmar to end relations.

It will also likely cause international criticism of Myanmar and China, which have both denied violating the U.N. ban on North Korean exports of weapons and related materials.

The cargo was to have been delivered to Soe Ming Htike, a Yangon-based construction company, which the U.S. government believes is a front for Myanmar’s military procurement.

In an interview with The Asahi Shimbun, a company based in Dalian, China, confirmed that it had tried to send aluminum alloy to Myanmar.

“We became the cargo’s owner at the request of a company,” an official said. “We have learned that the cargo was seized, but we do not know why.”

Japanese government officials believe North Korea acquired the aluminum alloy from China. They said North Korea is unlikely to possess the technology needed to produce such material.

At a meeting held to discuss the matter, Japanese officials from several government agencies agreed that the Chinese military—which ultimately controls its defense industry—must have approved North Korea’s exporting the materials to Myanmar.

The sources said the cargo was loaded onto the 17,138-ton Wan Hai 215, a Singapore-registered cargo vessel operated by a Taiwanese shipping company, in Dalian on July 27.

On Aug. 9, the cargo was offloaded and placed aboard the 27,800-ton Wan Hai 313 in Shekou, China.

On Aug. 14, the cargo was scheduled to change ships once again in Malaysia and to reach Yangon Port the following day.

The United States learned about the cargo’s possible contents and asked the Taiwanese shipping company not to carry out the transshipment in Malaysia.

The Wan Hai 313 entered Tokyo Port on Aug. 22. Officers from Tokyo Customs, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and other agencies examined the cargo and found the items in question.

For the first time, Japan applied a special measures law that allows the government to inspect cargo on ships suspected of carrying weapons and related materials to and from North Korea.

Meanwhile, the discovery could force Japan, the United States and South Korea to review their nuclear nonproliferation policy.

A Japanese government source said since North Korea has no apparent difficulty procuring the necessary aluminum alloy it now likely “has acquired a large number of centrifuges.”

In November 2010, North Korea showed centrifuges to U.S. experts at a nuclear facility at Yongbyon. Officials claimed there were 2,000 centrifuges, enough to produce 40 kilograms of highly enriched uranium in one year, if certain conditions are met. That amount is sufficient for one or two nuclear bombs.

The U.S. and South Korean intelligence agencies suspect that North Korea is operating additional underground uranium enrichment facilities elsewhere.

“North Korea would never disclose all its cards,” one South Korean government source said. “There must be other facilities.”

It is difficult to monitor the activities of centrifuges with an intelligence satellite because the site needed is small compared with the large reactor needed to produce plutonium for bombs.

North Korea and Myanmar have had military ties for years.

Sources quoted Shwe Mann, speaker of Myanmar’s lower house, as recently telling Japanese government officials that North Korea has yet to deliver some weapons ordered by Myanmar in the past. But, the speaker insisted, Myanmar would pursue no new weapons purchases from North Korea.

Shwe Mann’s remark effectively contradicts Myanmar’s official stance that it has not had any military transactions since spring 2011.

The United States and South Korea learned that Myanmar signed contracts to purchase military supplies from North Korea when Shwe Mann visited the country in November 2008 as joint chief of staff. Among facilities Shwe Mann inspected was a North Korean missile factory.

In January, a ship arrived at Yangon Port via China, carrying cargo that had been loaded in Nampho, North Korea, ordered by an organization affiliated with the Myanmar military.

“The cargo was a primary machine tool for weapons manufacture,” said a diplomatic source in Yangon. “Military ties between Myanmar and North Korea have not been cut off.”

North Korean military engineers have been spotted in Myanmar, as well as officials from a company that procures personal funds for the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un.

The U.S. and South Korean intelligence agencies have stationed personnel at airports and ports in Myanmar to monitor traffic, but North Koreans are apparently traveling by land through China, sources said.

Investigations by Japan and the United States have found that Myanmar has—at some point—imported from North Korea weapons that include mortars.

Myanmar has also informally told the United States it built underground tunnels near Naypyidaw and elsewhere with technical assistance from the North Korean military.

Japan, the United States and South Korea have refrained from disclosing details about military ties between North Korea and Myanmar.

“If we went public with that, we would thrust Myanmar closer to China and North Korea,” said one Japanese government source.

Meanwhile, a Chinese government source criticized the approach of countries such as the United States toward Myanmar.

“It does not contain only niceties, such as an evaluation of the pro-democracy movement,” the source said. “This is a geopolitical confrontation between China and the United States.”

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/korean_peninsula/AJ201211240055

တရုတ္ – ေျမာက္ကိုရီးယား – ျမန္မာ သုံးေယာက္ေပါင္း ေလာင္းေက်ာ္မယ့္ အဖ်က္လုပ္ရပ္။တရုတ္ရယ္ ေျမာက္ကိုရီးယားရယ္ ေပါင္းျပီး ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံကို ဖ်က္ဆီးဖို ့ ေဆာင္ရြက္ေနတာ လက္ခံသူေတြက ဘယ္သူေတြလည္း။
သုံးေယာက္ေပါင္း ေလာင္းေက်ာ္ဆိုတာ ျမန္မာျပည္သူျပည္သားေတြ ေသြးေျမမက်ရပါေစနဲ ့။ဂ်ပန္သတင္းဌာန Asahi Shimbun က ေဖၚျပတဲ့ သတင္းမွာ ေျမာက္က္ိုရီးယားက တရုတ္ႏိုင္ငံကေနတစ္ဆင့္ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံကို တင္ပို ့မယ့္ ကုန္ေသတၱာေတြတင္ေဆာင္လာတဲ့ သေဘၤာထဲမွာ ႏ်ဴကလီးယား အဏုျမဴလက္နက္ထုတ္လုပ္ရာမွာ ကုန္ၾကမ္းပစၥည္းအျဖစ္ အသုံးျပႏိုင္တဲ့ ၾကီးမားေသာ (aluminum alloy) ၁၅ ေခ်ာင္းကို ေတြ ့ရွိရျပီး အဆိုပါ သေဘၤာကို ဂ်ပန္ႏိုင္ငံ တိုက်ဳိျမဳိ ့ဆိပ္ကမ္းမွာ ဖမ္းဆီရမိခဲ့တယ္လို ့ သတင္းထုတ္ျပန္ေၾကညာပါတယ္။
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COUNTER NEWS     Htay Zaw (Office of Thein Sein ) wrote counter this news .He admit, Burmay try to setup nuclear Factory for Result . Now They will follow -92- Non-Proliferation Treaty, NPT / , 95-Small Quantities Protocol / , 96-(Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty) . On their 18-11-2012 Government Statement 2/2012 . ha ha Ha

၄။ အဏုမြူမပြန့်ပွားရေး

ပြည်ထောင်စုအစိုးရအနေနှင့် နိုင်ငံတကာအဏုမြူစွမ်းအင်အေဂျင်စီ International Atomic Energy Agency ၏နောက်တိုးလိုက်နာရန် အချက်အလက်များ (Additional Protocol) ကို လက်မှတ်ရေးထိုးနိုင်ရန်နှင့် ၁၉၉၅ ခု Small Quantities Protocol ၏ ထပ်မံပြင်ဆင်ချက်ကို လက်ခံနိုင်ရန် နိုင်ငံတော်သမ္မတကြီးက အတည်ပြုပြီးဖြစ်ရာ လွှတ်တော်သို့ တင်ပြဆောင်ရွက်သွားမည် ဖြစ်ပါသည်။

မြန်မာနိုင်ငံအနေဖြင့် IAEA စတင် ဖွဲ့စည်းသည့် ၁၉၅၇ခုနှစ်တည်းက အဖွဲ့ဝင်အဖြစ် ပါဝင်ခဲ့ပြီး ၁၉၉၂ခုနှစ် ဒီဇင်ဘာတွင် အဏုမြူလက်နက်မပြန့်ပွားရေးဆိုင်ရာစာချုပ် (Non-Proliferation Treaty, NPT) ကို လည်းကောင်း၊ ၁၉၉၅ခုနှစ်တွင် NPT ၏  နောက်တိုး သဘောတူညီချက် ဖြစ်သည့် Small Quantities Protocol စောင့်ကြည့်ထိန်းသိမ်းရေး စာချုပ်နှင့် အရှေ့တောင်အာရှ အဏုမြူလက်နက် ကင်းစင်ရေးစာချုပ် (Southeast Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Treaty) များကိုလည်းကောင်း၊ ၁၉၉၆ခုနှစ် တွင် နျူကလီးယားစမ်းသပ်မှုတားဆီးရေး သဘောတူညီချက် (Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty) တို့ကိုလည်းကောင်း လက်မှတ်ရေးထိုး ထားပြီး ဖြစ်ပါသည်။

ပြည်ထောင်စုအစိုးရအနေနှင့် ကုလသမဂ္ဂအဖွဲ့ဝင်နိုင်ငံ တစ်နိုင်ငံဖြစ်သည်နှင့်အညီ ကုလ သမဂ္ဂလုံခြုံရေး ကောင်စီဆုံးဖြတ်ချက်အမှတ် ၁၈၇၄ ကို လိုက်နာဆောင်ရွက်ရန်လည်း အခိုင်အမာ ဆုံးဖြတ်ချက်ချထားပြီး ဖြစ်ပါသည်။

http://www.president-office.gov.mm/briefing-room/statements-and-releases/2012/11/18/id-1933

WIKILEAKS DOCS ON BURMA SAMPLED-also extra Page

Viewing cable_ BURMA: RUMORS OF CONSTRUCTION OF A NUCLEAR REACTOR-ALLEGED NORTH KOREAN INVOLVEMENT

Viewing cable 07RANGOON105, BURMA XXXXXXXXXXXX REPORT SENSITIVE SHIPMENT

Viewing cable 08BEIJING125, MFA AND SCHOLARS DESCRIBE CHINA’S EFFORTS ON BURMA

Viewing cable 08RANGOON44, CHINESE LOSING PATIENCE WITH BURMA

Weapons impounded from mystery aircraft at Don Mueang airport will be destroyed

BANGKOK, Dec 17 (TNA) – All the military weapons from North Korea seized last weekend at Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport will be destroyed under the terms of a United Nations resolution, according to Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs Kasit Piromya.

Mr Kasit told reporters after meeting with deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban that the heavy weapons found on board the plane and subsequently seized would be destroyed, as it was not appropriate for the kingdom to use them in its armed forces.

He said Thailand should show that the kingdom is a good member of the United Nations and strictly observed its resolution.

The United Nations Security Council resolution number 1874 (2009) banned North Korea from exporting any weapons was imposed in June after the reclusive communist regime conducted a nuclear test and test-fired missiles.

Thai police impounded the Russian-built Georgian Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft Saturday and discovered 35 tonnes of explosives, rocket-propelled grenades and components for surface-to-air missiles in its cargo hold.

The plane’s five crew members, a Belarussian pilot and four Kazakh crew, have been charged in Thailand with possessing war weapons. However, they deny knowing what they were transporting, according to the police.

Initial reports said the plane was flown from the United Arab Emirates to Don Mueang airport in the Thai capital last Wednesday and landed without any cargo for a refuelling stop, then continued on to North Korean capital of Pyongyang.

It left for the North Korean capital and returned to Bangkok again on Saturday for a scheduled refuelling before flying on to Sri Lanka.

Prime Minister Abhisit earlier conceded that the seller and buyer of the weapons remains unknown, and there is no evidence to prove that Russian arms dealer Victor Bout (now being held in Thailand) is involved in the arms smuggling.

Mr Kasit said that for its next step, the government will inform the United Nations through Thailand’s Permanent Representative of Thailand in New York. (TNA)

Political News : Last Update : 19:31:27 17 December 2009 (GMT+7:00)

The Thai Foreign Ministry will report the seizure of arms destined to North Korea to the United Nations in 45 days, a deputy spokesman of the ministry said Sunday.

The weapons were impounded from a plane heading to North Korea on Saturday after it stopped for a petrol refilling.

Thani Thongphakdee, a deputy spokesman of the Foreign Ministry, said the Thai government was required to file a report to the UN in line with a resolution which prohibits shipment of arms to North Korea.

The Nation

SPECIAL: Digging the Tunnels, Part Three by DVB

August 25, 2009 (DVB)–Burma is aggressively bolstering its defence in the event of an invasion, according to a series of leaked reports and testimonies that outline a myriad of projects ranging from tunnel digging to possible nuclear proliferation.
In recent weeks, DVB has revealed that with North Korean help, the Burmese junta is developing a complex network of tunnels that can accommodate heavy weaponry and battalions of troops during military operations.
Since then, speculation has grown that Burma is aiming to obtain a nuclear bomb, following testimonies given by two senior Burmese defectors that accuse the government of developing a nuclear reactor in northern Burma. However, further leaked reports show that the defence project runs deeper, with plans drawn up to incorporate civilians in military operations, should the country be invaded.
A leaked report entitled ‘Rangoon Division Military Command: regional mobilisation project’ (hereafter known as ‘RDMC report’) is one of a number of documents obtained by DVB that outline the various stages of Burma’s defence strategy, ones that range from the strengthening of militia groups to use of human shields.
The RDMC outlines several potential scenarios in which Burma could be attacked by “exiled insurgents and opposition groups” or “invasion by means of a coalition army led by a powerful nation”. Much of the preparation is going into bolstering its air defense, implying that an air attack is most likely. There is also another scenario, strongly hinted at in a report entitled ‘Burma-Thai Naval Capabilities’, that points to recent border problems between the two countries as being possible cause for an air invasion by Thailand.
In the RDMC defence project, Rangoon division is to be divided into six zones. Methods of defence in case of attack include “conventional warfare” and “guerilla warfare”, but there is a third strategy, in which the government will use militia groups alongside the Burmese army – this is one reason why they have been developing and nurturing various militias, such as the notor
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SPECIAL: Digging the Tunnels, Part Three