The suspect is the first person charged under Australia's Weapons of Mass Destruction Act and faces a maximum 10-year prison sentence.
He said the AFP started investigating the man after a tip-off from another worldwide agency over a different matter.
"This case is like nothing we have ever seen on Australia soil", Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan told reporters Sunday morning.
The Australian Federal Police have charged a 59-year-old Sydney man for allegedly working for North Korea. It is the first time charges have been laid against anyone in Australia under the anti-WMD legislation.
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The man is alleged to have acted as an economic agent for North Korea, in breach of both U.S. and Australian sanctions. "The AFP endeavours to support worldwide efforts to maintain peace and security".
"Any individual who attempts to fly in the face of sanctions can not and will not go unnoticed in Australia".
"I know these charges alarms sound alarming, but we are not suggesting that there are any weapons or missile componentry that came to Australian soil", he said.
It will also be alleged the man, from the Sydney suburb of Eastwood, attempted to transfer coal from North Korea to entities in Indonesia and Vietnam.
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