Kyodo: Rocket Expert With Ties to North Korean Missile Development Linked Firm Banned From Re-Entry
Tokyo Kyodo World Service in English 0020 GMT 20 Mar 16
[“Koreans Banned From Re Entering Japan Include Rocket Engine Expert” — Kyodo headline]
TOKYO, March 20 (Kyodo)– The 22 people recently banned from re-entering Japan after visiting North Korea include a
rocket engine expert with a doctorate from the University of Tokyo, a Japanese government source said Saturday.
That person, said to be an authority in rocket engine development, has ties to a North Korean company suspected of
being involved in developing missile engines, according to the public security authority source.
Japan, South Korea, the United States and the U.N. Security Council all recently approved additional sanctions to punish
North Korea for conducting a fourth nuclear test in January and the launch last month of a rocket, widely seen as a pretext
for testing long-range ballistic missile technology.
The 22 people on Japan’s own newly complied no reentry list include officials of the pro-Pyongyang General Association
of Korean Residents in Japan, commonly known as Chongryon, and five members of an association of Korean scientists
and engineers living in Japan, according to other sources.
The five association members include a researcher at the atomic energy research institute of a national university in
western Japan, according to the public security authority source.
An investigation into the illegal import of food from North Korea by a son of Chongryon chairman Ho Jong Man has
indicated that Pyongyang has sought to gain access to advance technologies through Koreans living in Japan, according
to police sources.