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Osaka firm raided in illegal export of medicines to N. Korea+.

KOBE, June 15 Kyodo

Police on Thursday raided an Osaka trading company on suspicion it has illegally exported medicines to North Korea since 1997, police said.

Police said Yuko Boeki, based in Osaka's Chuo Ward, allegedly sold and exported 204 boxes of the medicines to a North Korean company without authorization between September 1997 and February this year.

The medicines, which were sold for 2.5 million yen in total, were for rheumatism, hypoproteinemia and to increase the metabolism of the brain, police said.

Police also raided houses of the company's executives in Osaka and Kobe, they said.

The trading company usually handles electrical insulation materials bound for North Korea and China.
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