Fears Myanmar purchasing missiles from North Korea raise Canberra’s alarm

Bangkok: The Turnbull federal government has actually criticised Myanmar over reports the south-east Asia country has been receiving ballistic rocket system innovation and weapons from North Korea.A representative for the Department of Foreign Affairs informed Fairfax Media it is “worried” by the reports and condemns North Korea’s illicit weapons program “in the greatest possible terms”.

Four extended range Scud missiles lift off from their mobile launchers in North Pyongan Province, North Korea.
4 prolonged range Scud rockets

lift off from their mobile launchers in North Pyongan Province, North Korea. Photo: KCNA But the spokesperson stated there are no plans to cut the Australian Defence Force’s training and other assistance for Myanmar’s military.A private report by independent United Nations monitors, leaked to reporters in Washington, revealed North Korea breached UN sanctions to earn US$ 200 million last year, consisting of by providing weapons to Myanmar and Syria.The report

suggested Myanmar, which is implicated of the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims, has been looking for items that are managed by nuclear and other major weapon proliferation agreements.In a 213-page report

the UN screens said one nation, which they did not determine, reported it had proof that Myanmar got ballistic rocket systems from North Korea, in addition to conventional weapons, including multiple rocket launchers and surface-to-air missiles in 2017. Security experts see Myanmar’s military ties with North Korea as one of the serious security concerns in Australia’s closest area.< div data-channel-key =Dks89-tJMqw6zsOGPU5c5Q data-newsletter-id=

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Myanmar’s government led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has repeatedly rejected having military ties with Pyongyang, firmly insisting that arms deals and other military relations with the country stopped previously its shift to a nominally civilian government in 2011.

The Hwasong-5 is also known as a Scud-B, pictured here on a mobile missile launcher in an artist's rendering.
The Hwasong-5 is likewise referred to as a Scud-B, visualized here on a mobile rocket launcher in an artist’s rendering. Image: DIA/Dennis Mosher< meta itemprop=url content=https://www.fairfaxstatic.com.au/content/dam/images/h/0/u/d/s/v/image.related.articleLeadwide.620x349.p4yzgz.png/1517875590505.jpg > North Korea is thought to have very first sent out rocket experts and material for arms production to Myanmar a years ago.This included technology for Hwasong-5 (Scud B) missiles that are mobile and have a variety of as much as 300 kilometres. A Hwasong-5 type ballistic missile launched in North Korea.
< img alt ="A Hwasong-5 type ballistic missile launched in North Korea. “title src=https://www.fairfaxstatic.com.au/content/dam/images/g/w/j/q/4/1/image.related.articleLeadwide.620×349.p4yzgz.png/1517875590505.jpg > A Hwasong-5 type ballistic missile released in North Korea. Picture: AP

In 2014 Chinese authorities validated to UN keeps track of that North Korean-made ballistic missile-related alloy rods predestined for Myanmar had actually been found on a ship that had docked in China.Late last year North Korea released its new Hwasong-15 inter-continental ballistic rocket which Pyongyang declared was capable of bring a”super-heavy”payload that could target mainland United States.Analysts state numerous questions remain about the system however that it represented a significant leap forward for North Korea’s missile capability.The United States last year stepped up pressure on Myanmar to sever its links with North Korea, sending out Joseph Yun, the United States’s Unique Envoy on North Korea, to the country to highlight Washington’s concerns.An US authorities said at the time the go to was to send a message to Myanmar that any engagement with North Korea, particularly military engagement, is counterproductive to attempting to end the danger that North Korea postures to the region and the globe.Anthony Davis, a Bangkok-based security specialist and expert with the defence and security publisher Jane’s, stated no proof has actually yet appeared showing that Myanmar’s armed force has actually developed battlefield capability for ballistic missiles.But he said if Myanmar can develop short-range or intermediate or rocket ability it would seriously concern other regional states, specifically neighbouring Bangladesh.Atrocities devoted versus Rohingya by Myanmar’s armed forces in the country’Rakhine State have heightened tensions between the 2 countries.Almost 700,000 Rohingya have gotten away Rakhine for squalid refugee camps in Bangladesh because August in what the UN has actually described as ethnic cleansing and”most likely”criminal offenses versus humanity.Visiting Hong Kong in November, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull accused North Korea of being among the world’s most” cunning, advanced criminal”organisations and prompted

tightened economic and monetary sanctions on the country.But Australia has actually resisted growing calls to cut military ties with Myanmar over the Rohingya crisis.The Foreign Affairs representative said Australia’s defence engagement with Myanmar is limited to non-combat areas such as catastrophe relief and language training and” is created to assist promote favorable change in Myanmar.””There are no plans to cut this engagement.”The spokesperson stated Australia”regularly goes over the implementation of UN Security Council resolutions against North Korea with our partners in the region,

consisting of Myanmar where conversations most recently occurred in December 2017.”In the leaked report, the UN likewise said North Korea had last year violated UN sanctions by shipping coal to foreign ports, including in Russia, China, South Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam.Most of the shipments had false documents revealing the coal came from countries such as Russia and China.The 15-member UN Security Council has actually improved sanctions on North Korea given that 2006 in an effort to cut financing for Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic rocket programs, prohibiting exports consisting of coal, iron, lead, textiles and seafood.The United States and European Union have actually signalled they are considering targeted sanctions against Myanmar over the Rohingya crisis.Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has actually expressed Australia’s issue over the Myanmar atrocities however has actually chosen not to condemn Myanmar’s generals or government.