Newsbrief: Egypt buys North Korean rockets


by Brandon Desmond
edited by Bryce Johnson and Stephanie LeClair

North Korea is arming Egypt with weapons, according to the Washington Post.

A ship headed towards Egypt was intercepted carrying more than 30,000 rocket-propelled grenades. It was the the “largest seizure of ammunition in the history of sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” according to the Washington Post.

In August, Washington sent a message to Cairo warning of a vessel moving towards the Suez Canal. The freighter, the Jie Shun, was flying the Cambodian flag, but its voyage began in North Korea. The ship had a North Korean crew and the cargo was hidden under heavy tarps.

The United Nations conducted an investigation, and uncovered an arrangement where Egyptian business executives ordered millions of dollars worth of rockets from North Korea, for the Egyptian military. The United Nations made a statement that included the need to “stop providing economic or military benefits to North Korea.”

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