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North Korea arming Syria with chemical weapons

North Korea arming Syria with chemical weapons

North Korea has been sending supplies to Syria that may be used to produce chemical weapons - and the rogue regime's missile experts have been seen working inside the country, according to a report.

Neither the report's authors nor members of the United Nations Security Council who have seen it would comment, and neither would the United States' mission to the worldwide agency, indicated The New York Times.

Another visit by North Korean ballistic missile experts was conducted in November 2016.

Wood, the US envoy, did not comment on the actual United Nations report, but he told reporters in Geneva, "Clearly there has been a history of a relationship between North Korea and Syria with regard to missile activity, chemical weapons components".

"Syria can not possibly be using chemical weapons because it very simply has none in its possession", Aala told the United Nations-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. Russia, however, has protected Assad from accountability for these actions, using its veto on the U.N. Security Council in November to scuttle a separate panel investigating the use of chemical weapons by actors on both sides of the Syrian civil war.

The Associated Press says the United Nations report could be made public in the middle of March. After that, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad agreed to destroy Syria's chemical weapons and his country joined the Chemical Weapons Convention.

According to an unidentified member state, the North's Ryonhap-2 Corporation was involved that year in a Syrian ballistic missile program, the "manoeuvrable re-entry vehicle (MARV) Scud D (MD) project", the report said.

United Nations investigators said in October that Assad's forces were behind a sarin gas attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun in western Syria that killed 87 people in April past year. It was also said that there is a very high probability that experts in chemical weapons might be residing in Barzeh, Adra and Hama. But the latest report suggests that the assistance was much broader, and included, for example, materials useful in rebuilding Syria's damaged chemical weapons facilities.

Around forty undisclosed shipments were sent by N. Korea to Syria between 2012-17.

According to sources the second daily pause in fighting in the Eastern Ghouta region outside Damascus is due to begin, to allow in relief aid.

President Bashar al-Assad had explicitly subsequently said the incident was a "fabrication" used to justify a United States cruise missile strike on Syria's Shayrat airbase on 7 April.

The report indicates major flaws in worldwide efforts to isolate both countries, and the new evidence could dampen efforts to bring North Korea to the negotiating table following a diplomatic detente at the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

While Myanmar told the panel in 2015 that it only had "normal diplomatic ties" with the DPRK, it reported on July 26, 2017 that it expelled Kim Chol Nam, a DPRK diplomat "for acting on behalf or at the direction of KOMID".

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