Malaysia says North Korean firms linked to arms trade being deactivated

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s authorities were aware that two North Korea-linked companies operated an arms business in the country and both were being struck from the Company Registry, the police chief said on Tuesday.

Reuters reported on Monday that North Korean intelligence ran an arms operation out of Malaysia called Glocom, and two companies linked to the trade were International Global System and International Golden Services.

Confirming details of the story, Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said in a statement that both firms were being “struck off”.

“We have also taken all necessary actions to comply with international regulations with regards to related sanctions,” he added. He was not available for comment to Reuters.

Under a 2009 resolution, the United Nations has banned North Korea from exporting arms or related military equipment.

The police chief’s statement came amid an investigation into the killing of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on…

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