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Reports: NKorea missile launchers came from China

TOKYO (AP) – Japan’s government reportedly has evidence that vehicles that could be used to launch missiles were exported to North Korea by a Chinese company in a possible violation of United Nations trade restrictions.

Four of the vehicles were shipped from Shanghai to North Korea last August aboard the Harmony Wish, a Cambodian-flagged cargo vessel, according to Japanese reports Wednesday.

The reports said Japanese authorities had been tracking the ship by satellite, and searched it when it transited the port of Osaka the following month.

Such vehicles _ called TELs _ became the focus of international attention when they were displayed in a military parade in the North’s capital of Pyongyang in April.

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