A group of UN experts published a report indicating the possible involvement of the government of the DPRK for illegal use of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons, reports The New York Times 27 Feb.
«Possible components of chemical weapons was a part of at least 40 not previously registered cargo North Korea to Syria in the period between 2012 and 2017», – said in the report.
Supplies from North Korea included a special acid-proof tiles, valves and thermometers. Also in Syria, was seen by experts in rocketry from North Korea who worked on the production of chemical weapons and their means of delivery.
The report notes that any trade between Syria and North Korea is potentially hazardous due to chemical weapons, as well as opportunities for Syria to provide the DPRK the cash to nuclear and missile programs.
According to the authors of the report, if the military cooperation between the DPRK and Syria are confirmed, it would point to serious shortcomings in the international effort to isolate both countries.
Over the document worked eight experts from different countries specializing in the areas of weapons of mass destruction, Maritime transport and customs control. The publication notes that the report of more than 200 pages has not yet been officially published.
The war in Syria lasts since 2011. The fighting involved government forces, the opposition, radical Islamists, Kurds and the militants of the «Islamic state». To conflict at different times joined the armed forces of the United States, Russia, Turkey and Iran.
Published 6 September 2017, the report established the UN independent international Commission of inquiry in Syria said that government forces «continued to use chemical weapons against civilians in areas under opposition control».
«The most serious incident» the experts had called a chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun (Idlib) in April that killed at least 83 people, including 28 children and 23 women. The organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons has determined that, in Idlib, was used sarin, or equivalent. The Syrian government has repeatedly denied the use of chemical weapons in the conflict.
Since 2006, North Korea has produced six nuclear weapon tests and tens of launches of ballistic missiles. During this time, the UN security Council adopted a number of resolutions, gradually tighten sanctions against Pyongyang.
UN experts revealed the involvement of North Korean chemical weapons in Syria 28.02.2018