North Korea ‘Shipping materials to Syria chemical weapons factories’:
North Korea has been sending equipment to Syria that could be utilised in chemical weapons production, US media report, citing findings by UN specialists.
The substances include acid-resistant tiles, pipes, and valves report state.
An as-yet-unreleased UN report also says Pyongyang’s missile experts are seen at Syrian weapon-making facilities, ” the New York Times says.
The allegations come after new reports of chlorine gas being used by Syrian forces, which the government denies.
North Korea is under international sanctions over its nuclear programme.
The materials reported having been illicitly delivered to Syria by North Korea comprised high-heat, acid-resistant tiles, corrosion-resistant valves, and thermometers. The tiles are supposedly utilized to build facilities in which chemical weapons are produced.
Five shipments were shipped to Syria through a Chinese trading company during late 2016 and early 2017, the Wall Street Journal says. They’re supposedly a part of dozens of shipments over several years.
The Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC) – a Syrian government agency – is said to have paid North Korea by a number of front companies, the newspaper reports.