North Korea supplied chemical weapons components to Syria

N Korea 'providing chemicals to Syria'

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North Korea reportedly sent materials to Syria to be used for a chemical weapons facility, according to experts from the UN.

The disclosures come amid revelations that Joseph Yun, the State Department's point man on North Korea, will leave his post Friday, a departure said to reflect widespread frustration among US diplomats about the Trump administration's handling of Korea policy.

Syria is alleged to have paid for the materials with its Scientific Studies and Research Center, and used front companies including at least one based in China.

The report describes some of North Korea's methods of sanctions evasion, which include a complex web of shell companies, a network of sympathetic individuals in unnamed foreign countries who provide access to financing, the use of its own diplomats to carry out smuggling, and cyber operations. This has come to lights after a report published by the UN.

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It shed light on North Korea's broader network of illicit trading, which in nine months a year ago may have earned it almost $200m (£144m) in oil, gas and weapons deals in violation of United Nations sanctions.

Ambassador Robert Wood said the Russian government had "clearly" disregarded its commitment to stir Syria's behavior in the right direction, Reuters reported. Unfortunately, as reported by various newspapers, chemical weapons have allegedly been used to attack the rebel area as well. However, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has routinely rebuffed the reports of chemical weapons usage in the country.

Meanwhile, air strikes were heard in the Eastern Ghouta region outside Damascus as a second daily pause in fighting was due to get under way to allow in relief aid. 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 United Nations sanctions.

According to an unidentified member state, North Korea's Ryonhap-2 corporation was involved that year in a Syrian ballistic missile programme, the report said.

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As mentioned by BBC news, more than 80 people were killed in a chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in north-western Syria on the 4 of April.

In both countries, the scions of repressive dynasties - North Korea's Kim Jong UN and Syria's President Bashar Assad - have repeatedly demonstrated a willingness to impose enormous suffering on their own people, who diminishes the power of global sanctions to rein them in, observers noted.

KOMID is the DPRK's primary arms dealer and main exporter of goods and equipment related to ballistic missiles and conventional weapons.

In 2015, Myanmar told the United Nations that it had only "normal diplomatic ties" with North Korea.

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While Myanmar told the panel in 2015 that it only had "normal diplomatic ties" with the DPRK, it reported on July 26, 2017 that it expelled Kim Chol Nam, a DPRK diplomat "for acting on behalf or at the direction of KOMID".

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