US says Japanese crime boss trafficked nuclear materials from Myanmar | EUROtoday

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Authorities within the United States have charged the chief of a Japanese crime syndicate with conspiring to visitors nuclear supplies from Myanmar for anticipated use by Iran.

Alleged yakuza boss Takeshi Ebisawa, 60, and co-defendant Somphop Singhasiri, a 61-year-old Thai nationwide, are accused of trafficking medicine, weapons and nuclear materials, after their alleged crimes have been uncovered by an undercover operation led by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

The males had acted “so far as to offer uranium and weapons-grade plutonium fully expecting that Iran would use it for nuclear weapons,” stated Anne Milgram, the top of the DEA.

A brand new indictment in opposition to the pair states that Ebisawa’s “criminal activities have included large-scale narcotics and weapons trafficking, and his international criminal network extends through Asia, Europe, and the United States, among other places”.

It provides that in early 2020, Ebisawa had instructed one other particular person and a DEA supply that he had entry “to a large quantity of nuclear materials that he wished to sell”.

Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the Justice Department’s National Security Division stated: “It is chilling to imagine the consequences had these efforts succeeded and the Justice Department will hold accountable those who traffic in these materials and threaten US national security and international stability.”

Ebisawa is accused of conspiring to promote weapons-grade nuclear materials and deadly narcotics from Myanmar and to purchase army weapons on behalf of an armed rebel group.

The two males have been charged in 2022 with worldwide narcotics trafficking and firearms offences. The new fees have been contained in a superseding indictment.