UN LINKS NORTH KOREA TO SYRIA’S CHEMICAL WEAPON PROGRAMME

On 27th February, the New York Times reported that North Korea has been shipping supplies to the Syrian government that could be used in the production of chemical weapons, UN experts contend.  The supplies from North Korea include acid-resistant tiles, valves and thermometers, according to a report by UN investigators. In addition, North Korean missile technicians have also been spotted working at known chemical weapons and missile facilities inside Syria, according to the report, which was written by a panel of experts who looked at North Korea’s compliance with UN sanctions.  The possible chemical weapons components were part of at least 40 previously unreported shipments by North Korea to Syria between 2012 and 2017 of prohibited ballistic missile parts and materials that could be used for both military and civilian purposes, according to the report.  The report gives fresh details of a military relationship between North Korea and Syria that goes back decades (including North Korea pilots flying Syrian warplanes in the 60s and 70s in wars against Israel).  North Korean technicians helped to develop Syria’s arsenal of ballistic missiles and to build a nuclear power plant capable of producing plutonium, which can be used to make nuclear weapons (but destroyed by Israel in 2007).

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/27/world/asia/north-korea-syria-chemical-weapons-sanctions.html?smid=tw-share

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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