>> Suspected by Australian police as a loyal agent of North Korea, this man is escorted from his Sydney home in handcuffs on Saturday. Accused of working on the black market to sell missile components and coal on behalf of Pyongyang. Said to be in breach of UN and Australian sanctions.
The man is facing six charges. The first ever brought in Australia over the sale of weapons of mass destruction.>> The charges that are being laid are of the gravest nature.>> The suspect has been identified by local media as 59-year-old Chan Han Choi. He is reportedly been living in Australia for more than 30 years and is of Korean descent.
Police alleged the man tried to broker the sale of missile components including software for the guidance systems of ballistic missiles. As well as trying to sell coal to third parties in Indonesia and Vietnam. Officers say the trade could have been worth tens of millions of dollars if successful.
>> We think he's acting basically as an economic agent on behalf of North Korea. There's nothing to suggest he's doing anything but that. He's doing it out of a patriotic purpose.>> Police say, Chan Han Choi had been in touch with high-ranking North Korean officials, but no missile components ever made it to Australia.