Singapore charges firm implicated in N. Korea arm shipment

Singapore charges firm implicated in N. Korea arm shipment
File photo of police officers guarding containers holding arms seized from a North Korean flagged ship in Colon City.

SINGAPORE - Singapore said on Tuesday that it has filed criminal charges against a Singapore-registered company implicated in a shipment of arms last year bound for North Korea, which is subject to international sanctions over its nuclear and missile tests.

Tan Hui Tin, a Singaporean citizen, was also charged. Tan is a shareholder and director of Chinpo Shipping, according to the corporate filings registered at the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority of Singapore.

"Singapore takes a serious view of our international obligations to prevent the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, their means of delivery and related materials,"said a joint statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Home Affairs.

 Statement from MFA and MHA:

In response to media queries about the criminal charges filed against the Singapore-registered company Chinpo Shipping Company (Private) Limited, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Home Affairs issued the following statement:

"In January this year, Singapore received information that a Singapore-registered company had been implicated in the shipment of arms and related materiel bound for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) from Cuba that was interdicted by Panama in July 2013.

The Government of Singapore immediately launched an investigation into this case. The Singapore Police Force has completed its investigation and the Public Prosecutor has filed criminal charges against Chinpo Shipping Company (Private) Limited and a Singapore citizen, Tan Hui Tin.

The parties have been charged in Court for the offences on 10 June 2014. The nature of the criminal charges can be ascertained from the charge sheets, available upon request from the Attorney-General's Chambers.

Singapore takes a serious view of our international obligations to prevent the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), their means of delivery and related materials.

As a responsible member of the international community, Singapore has given full effect in our domestic legislation to the measures prescribed by United Nations Security Council resolutions and will take action against any individuals and/or companies that flout these."

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