North Korea’s indigenous missile program is advancing rapidly, but it looks like they’ve had some help from their friends.
The North carried out around two dozen rocket and ballistic missile tests last year, and so far this year, it has launched at least seven. They are making progress, but it looks like the parts for their weapons are not originating in North Korea. Many of the essential components of North Korea’s ballistic missiles are foreign-made and were provided by companies operating out of China, reports the Washington Post.
Last September, China arrested 11 corporate executives of Hongxiang Industrial Development Co., including founder Ma Xiaohong, for exporting dual-use products that can be used in the production of chemical weapons; however, Beijing pushed back when the U.S. sanctioned the company in a unilateral action.