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Man accused in night vision goggles case agrees to plea deal

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A man from North Korea accused of trying to buy military-grade night vision goggles and illegally export them to China has pleaded guilty to violating the arms export control act.

Court documents show Song Il Kim agreed to the plea deal in Salt Lake City on Wednesday. A smuggling charge was dismissed.

He faces more than three years in prison.

Prosecutors say that Kim agreed to pay a Utah-based undercover agent $22,000 for six goggles that he would send to his business in China.

Prosecutors believe the equipment would have ended up in North Korea.

Kim was arrested in July, after meeting with an undercover agent in Honolulu.

Court documents say he was born in North Korea, holds a Cambodian passport and lives in China.

Defense attorney Scott Williams did not have immediate comment on the plea.

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