Media watch – Saturday

29 September 2018


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  1. Gezza

     /  September 29, 2018

    MFAT denies clearing a New Zealand-made plane for landing in North Korea

    The foreign ministry has denied providing advice which landed a New Zealand-made plane in North Korea

    Hamilton-based plane manufacturer Pacific Aerospace pleaded guilty to exporting aircraft parts to the hermit state in 2017, in the first New Zealand prosecution for a breach of United Nations sanctions.

    It came after one of the company’s planes was spotted bearing the North Korean flags at an airshow the year prior – to the panic of officials.

    Court documents released this week show Pacific Aerospace reportedly spoke with Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) officials before making the North Korean arrangement in September 2015.