North Korea caught sending shipments to Syria’s chemical weapons agency by UN

Source: North Korea caught sending shipments to Syria’s chemical weapons agency by UN | World | News | Express.co.uk

NORTH Korea has been caught delivering shipments to a Syrian government agency in charge of the country’s chemical weapons programme, according to a confidential UN report.

PUBLISHED: 02:10, Tue, Aug 22, 2017 | UPDATED: 04:53, Tue, Aug 22, 2017

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North Korea has had two shipments to the agency intercepted in the past six months, the report says

The hermit kingdom has had two shipments to the agency intercepted in the past six months, the report claims.

The report was done by a panel of independent UN experts and was submitted to the UN Security Council earlier this month.

It did not, however, mention where the interceptions happened or what the shipments contained.

The revelations come amid diplomats and officials suspecting that Syria may have secretly maintained or developed chemical weapons capability despite promising not to.

The Syrian government agreed to destroy its chemical weapons in 2013 under a deal brokered by the US and Russia.

Yet during the country’s civil war, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has claimed the banned nerve agent sarin has been used at least twice.

It has also said that the use of chlorine as a weapon during the more than six-year long conflict has been widespread.

The Syrian government has repeatedly denied using chemical weapons.

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The report did not mention where the interceptions happened or what the shipments contained.

In their 37-page report, the experts wrote: “The panel is investigating reported prohibited chemical, ballistic missile and conventional arms cooperation between Syria and the DPRK (North Korea).

“Two member states interdicted shipments destined for Syria. Another Member state informed the panel that it had reasons to believe that the goods were part of a KOMID contract with Syria.”

KOMID is the Korea Mining Development Trading Corporation, which was blacklisted by the UN Security Council in 2009.

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In March 2016 the UN Security Council blacklisted two KOMID representatives in Syria

The KOMID has been described as Pyongyang’s key arms dealer and exporter of equipment related to ballistic missiles and conventional weapons.

In March 2016 the UN Security Council also blacklisted two KOMID representatives in Syria.

UN experts also said they were investigating the use of the VX nerve agent in Malaysia to kill the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un in February.

 

 

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