the UNITED states has accused the 28 north koreans and five chinese to be involved in a sensational case, which deals with the fraud of 2.5 billion u.s. dollars and the circumvention of u.s. sanctions imposed on north Korea.
This writes the american newspaper the Washington Post.
Prosecutors on Thursday been published by the UNITED states department of justice.
Over 50 pages it is argued that, to a total of 33 individuals have served as agents of North korea's state-owned bank for foreign trade (FTB).
They have reportedly created more than 250 different shell companies and secret bankafdelinger the world over in order to mask the payments that are made through UNITED states financial systems.
They must have carried out illegal payments to a value of 2.5 billion u.s. dollars - equivalent to almost 17 billion dollars.
the FTB is subject to us sanctions, for handling payments related to North korea's nuclear programme.
According to The Washington Post we talk about the biggest case on the north Korean circumvention of u.s. sanctions.
Among the accused are two former presidents in the FTB, two former vice-presidents of the FTB, as well as a person who supposedly was responsible for the operation of a secret FTB-section in Thailand. It writes The Washington Post.
I am the acting attorney-general in Washington, Michael R. Sherwin, that you've got identified the suspects in the comprehensive case.
- Through the here stresses the UNITED states of its obligation to prevent north Korea from gaining access to U.S. financial systems.
- In this way, we limit its ability to use funds from these illegal actions to strengthen its program with illegal weapons of mass destruction, says state attorney Michael R. Sherwin.