NORTH KOREA THREATENED TO SELL MISSILE TECHNOLOGY TO IRANUNLESS ISRAEL PAID $1B

11-Jul-2018 Intellasia | Newsweek | 6:02 AM Print This Post

A new book has revealed a multimillion-dollar North Korean blackmail plot targeting Israel in which the hermetic regime threatened to sell ballistic missiles to Iran unless Israel paid a billion dollars for it not to.

According to former North Korean diplomat Thae Yong Howho defected to South Korea in 2016Pyongyang told Israel it would stop helping Tehran advance its missile programme in exchange for $1 billion in cash, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Thae said the offer was made by North Korea’s ambassador to Sweden, Son Mu Sin, to his Israeli counterpart, Gideon Ben Ami, at a Stockholm cafe in 1999. According to the book, Israel turned down the deal, but it did offer to send food aid to North Korea a few days later.

The Journal said it could not confirm the meeting or the offer, and could not contact Ben Ami or Son to ask about the allegation. Last week, Ben Ami told Israeli public broadcaster Kan that he had held several secret meetings with the North Korean diplomat between 1999 and 2002, initiated by Pyongyang.

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