N. Korea supplying chemical weapon to Syria: UN
New York: North Korea supplies material to Syria that could be used to produce chemical weapons, a United Nations Security Council diplomat has said.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the diplomat told CNN News on Tuesday that North Korea had sent acid-resistant tiles, valves and thermometers to Syria. He was citing a report on North Korea authored by a UN panel of experts.The report said North Korean missile experts visited Syria in 2016 and 2017, after the chemical weapons supplies had been sent to the Bashar Al-Asad ruled state.
During one of the trips, the technicians stayed at Syrian military facilities. A UN member state reported to the panel of experts that scientists from North Korea may still be operating in Barzeh, Adra and Hama.The details come just two days after the Syrian regime was accused of carrying out a chlorine gas attack on Eastern Ghouta, a suburb in Damascus.Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime has repeatedly denied claims that it uses chemical weapons.Medical aid organisations, however, said they had routinely treated victims of chemical attacks and blamed the government forces, as the country’s war nears its seventh anniversary.The US and other countries have made the same accusations against the Assad government.The United Kingdom has threatened to conduct airstrikes on Syrian forces if the allegations of the use of chemical weapons are found true.