North Korea used Berlin embassy to source nuclear technology

File image North Korean Embassy in Berlin Germany

North Korea procured equipment and technology for its ballistic missiles program using its embassy in Berlin, the head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency has said.

"We discovered procurement activities taking place there, which we believe were focused on the missile program, and also to some extent on the nuclear program", Maassen said. The nation also conducted its sixth nuclear weapon test past year, claiming that the weapon they detonated was a hydrogen bomb.

Extracts from the interview were published on Saturday.

"When we detect something of this sort, we take steps to prevent it", Mr Maassen told German television.

In an interview set to air Monday, Maassen said the goods shuttled through the diplomatic post were often those that could be used either for civilian or military purposes.

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He added that when the agency was made aware of these activities, it intervened to stop them. "But we can not guarantee that we spot and block each attempt".

Germany's domestic intelligence agency obtained clues on the technology procurements in 2016 and a year ago, according to an investigation by ARD.

However, Deutsche Welle reported that a North Korea diplomat tried to obtain a "gas-monitor" in 2014.

The UN report found that Pyongyang had continued to export coal, iron, steel and other banned commodities - earning $200 million (€160 million) in revenue past year.

A United Nations panel of experts also found evidence of military cooperation by North Korea to develop Syria's chemical weapons programs and to provide Myanmar with ballistic missiles.

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