Malaysia: Companies behind N.Korean spy operation being removed from register

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar cited International Global System and International Golden Services Sdn Bhd, which were named in a Reuters report on Monday as two companies controlled by North Korean shareholders and directors that registered Glocom's website in 2009, the front company allegedly run by North Korean intelligence agents in Brickfields here.

"Subsequently, Chang-Hyok and I set up another company, namely International Golden Services in 2012 but it didn't work out, so we closed it down", he said, adding that the last dealing he had with Chang-hyok was about a year ago.

Reuters cited on Monday a United Nations report that said the North Korean military communications equipment was in violation of United Nations sanctions.

Two forensics staff walk out of the Forensics Department of Kuala Lumpur Hospital where Kim Jong Nam's body is being kept.

Glocom sold over 30 products related to battlefield radio equipment, according to catalogues seen by Reuters on its Malaysian website, which was taken down late previous year.

International Global System Sdn Bhd, registered in 2005, has stated its nature of business as multimedia and electronics and general trading.

Reuters yesterday reported that Glocom advertised over 30 radio systems for "military and paramilitary" organisations on its Malaysian website,, which has since been taken down. It said Malaysia had not responded to its query.

Reuters reported that Glocom's Malaysian website was taken down late past year and that its office in Kuala Lumpur appeared to be closed.

"During the consultations members of Security Council were unanimous in condemning the irresponsible and provocative DPRK's attempts to evade the sanctions", Ukrainian U.N. Ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko, president of the 15-member council for February, told reporters.

Malaysia is considering expelling North Korea's envoy or shutting its embassy in Pyongyang, as tensions escalate over the killing.

Glocom nearly certainly traded on North Korea's behalf, and may have been involved in funding the recent assassination of Kim Jong Nam. It did not say when.

  • Leroy Wright