The Chinese authorities have delivered four mobile launchers for ballistic missiles to North Korea in 2011, reported Agence France Press on Wednesday, referring to the Japanese media.
The process of delivery has been photographed by satellites. Ship Harmony Wish, registered in Cambodia, left the port of Shanghai in July last year and came to Nampo, North Korean on the first of August. It was on this ship the self-propelled launchers were brought to North Korea.
At the end of April this year, the U.S. accused Chinese company Hubei Sanjiang that it supplied equipment of mobile launchers for the missiles to North Korea. According to the source, they were self-propelled units, carrying missiles that were seen at a parade in Pyongyang, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the first North Korean leader Kim Il Sung. This parade was held in mid-April 2012.
North Korea declared itself a nuclear power in 2005. In 2006 and 2009 North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test, which sparked protests from the international community. In response to Pyongyang’s actions the UN Security Council adopted several resolutions demanding that North Korea halt nuclear activities. The UN Resolutions 1718 and 1874 contained the requirement that the DPRK not to conduct nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches, to abandon the intention to possess nuclear weapons and return to negotiations on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Participants in the six-party talks on Korean Peninsula nuclear issue started in 2003 and actually interrupted in late 2008, North Korea and South Korea, China, Russia, USA and Japan participated in the talks.