United Nations report links North Korea, Syria

Bryan Strickland
March 2, 2018

The supplies sent to Syria could result in the country hoarding chemical weapons, which, at the same time, would also provide North Korea with much-needed cash that could be used by the hermit kingdom to work toward their nuclear and ballistic goals.

One was the interception in January 2017 of two ships carrying acid-resistant tiles from North Korea to Syria, with three other such contracted shipments revealed via paper tracking, although whether or not they were actually made remains unclear. He also said that the use of such weapons as "immoral and unacceptable".

The report has not been publicly released by was reviewed by the Times.

Beyond fueling a conflict that has killed more than half a million people and left millions of others displaced, money allegedly received by North Korea for its weapons exports is believed to have helped fund its nuclear and missile programs.

The UN experts say that an unnamed member state also reported that North Korea continues to keep a "global procurement network" for finding parts.

Dating back to relatively early in the Syrian conflict, Assad has been accused of using chemical weapons against civilians trapped in rebel-held areas.

It agreed to give up its chemical weapons stock to global investigators after a sarin attack in eastern Ghouta in 2013 which killed hundreds of people - widely believed to be the worst chemical incident in modern history.

Map showing locations of suspected Syrian chemical weapons manufacturing sites

NORTH KOREA has been shipping materials to the Syrian government for use in what is suspected to be an industrial-scale chemical weapons factory, according to intelligence information cited in a confidential United Nations report.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) opened an investigation on Sunday into attacks in the enclave to determine whether banned munitions had been used.

The U.S. -led coalition and its Kurdish partners, the Syrian Democratic Forces, are battling the last remnants of the so-called Islamic State in areas east of the Euphrates river in Deir Ezzor.

The Times story is based on an unpublished United Nations report prepared by a panel of eight experts from different countries. UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is among Western leaders who have suggested the Syrian government could be attacked if there is fresh "incontrovertible" evidence that chemical weapons have been used against civilians.

In 2015, Myanmar told the United Nations that it had only "normal diplomatic ties" with North Korea.

Since the start of civil war in Syria in 2011, suspicions of its ties with North Korea have been raised at various points.

They also discovered that a North Korean front company, called Corst, shipped banned goods to a researcher at Syria's Scientific Studies Research Council, which the U.S. says is the government agency responsible for making non-conventional weapons and the means to deliver them.

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