NZ air­craft maker pleads guilty to breach­ing UN sanc­tions on N.Korea

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NEW Zealand air­craft man­u­fac­turer Pa­cific Aerospace Ltd has plead guilty in a New Zealand court to in­di­rectly ex­port­ing air­craft parts to North Korea, ac­cord­ing to Fair­fax Me­dia.

New Zealand Cus­toms charged the Hamil­ton-based man­u­fac­turer ear­lier this year with un­law­fully send­ing air­craft parts to North Korea, in breach of 2006 United Na­tions sanc­tions.

A UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil re­port in Fe­bru­ary said it had in­ves­ti­gated a 10-seater air­craft man­u­fac­tured by Pa­cific Aerospace that had been flown at North Korea’s Won­san Air Fes­ti­val in Septem­ber 2016.

The New Zealand firm had de­liv­ered the plane to its joint ven­ture part­ner in China and it later been sold to an­other Chi­nese firm be­fore end­ing up in North Korea in De­cem­ber 2015.

New Zealand’s Manukau District Court will sen­tence Pa­cific Aerospace in Jan­uary, Fair­fax re­ported.

NZ Cus­toms said in Au­gust the max­i­mum penalty is 12 months im­pris­on­ment for an in­di­vid­ual and a fine of up to NZ$100,000 ($71,000) for a com­pany.

The UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil has unan­i­mously adopted nine sanc­tions res­o­lu­tions on North Korea since 2006 in re­sponse to Py­ongyang’s nu­clear and mis­sile test­ing pro­grams. – Reuters

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