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North Korea suspected of supplying materials for Syria’s chemical weapons program

  • March 1, 2018
  • , Asahi, Yomiuri
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Asahi wrote that it has learned from a report written by a panel of experts who looked into North Korea’s compliance with UN sanctions that the DPRK has shipped to Syria a large volume of supplies that could be used in the production of chemical weapons. The paper wrote that the UN report, which has not yet been publicly released, says that the experts investigated at least 40 shipments from North Korea to Syria between 2012 and 2017 and found that the shipped items included acid-resistant tiles, valves, thermometers, and stainless pipes. The paper also wrote that such trade may be providing Pyongyang with cash for its nuclear and missile programs.

 

In a related development, Yomiuri wrote that concerning the U.S. media’s reports on North Korea’s suspected link to Syria’s chemical weapons program, State Department Spokesperson Nauert told a press briefing on Tuesday that this is something that the United States has had concerns about for some time and that North Korea will look for more “creative and horrific” ways to try to make money to fund the regime.

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