On March 15, Manning was interviewed by VOA about North Korea’s procurement of components for missiles and the need to crack down on their international sourcing of materials.
“Manning pointed out that the issue of North Korea’s overseas procurement network is not receiving enough attention. ‘The sanctions on Russians who have been facilitating the North Korean missile program raises a larger issue I don’t think has gotten enough attention. And that is the overseas networks that the North Koreans use, which are vital to their ability to acquire the materials for the missile and nuclear program. We need to clamp down much harder on them. Those are sanctions that are enforceable. And I don’t think there’s been enough focus on how to shut them down. They’re all over in Asia and Russia.’”