Singaporean accused of N. Korea deals breaks silence
A Singaporean businessman facing criminal charges in the United States for allegedly violating sanctions against North Korea said he was taking the concerns “very seriously.”
In a note to stakeholders of his commodities trading company Wee Tiong, seen by The Associated Press, Tan Wee Beng said he was still fully committed to his business.
Tan was also blacklisted by the US Treasury Department for allegedly doing business with the North and engaging in money laundering.
“As for the developments in the US, which we have learned of from the news reports, we take them very seriously. We will work closely with our legal advisors on this, and will be liaising with the relevant authorities for more information,” he said in the note, dated October 27.
Last week, the Treasury Department imposed sanctions on Wee Tiong (S) Pte. Ltd. and ship management services company WT Marine Pte. Ltd. It alleges that Tan worked with at least one other Wee Tiong employee to fulfil millions of dollars of commodities contracts for North Korea, dating back to 2011.
Tan is the director of both companies, which share an address and have similar board members, official records show. The Justice Department has named him in criminal charges such as bank fraud for “a multiyear scheme to violate and evade US national security controls”.
– Associated Press