N.Korea denies chemical weapons link

Faith Castro
March 3, 2018

In February, US newspapers shared a yet-unreleased report by the United Nations accusing North Korea of sending material to Syria to make chemical weapons.

Activists blamed the government and artillery airstrikes, while Russian Federation said that the rebels had shelled a "humanitarian corridor" not allowing the civilians to leave.

But the sanctions are likely symbolic as the USA has already imposed much stricter measures on North Korea via a succession of Presidential Executive Orders and Department of Treasury designations.

North Korea denied it was cooperating with Syria on chemical weapons.

Stéphane Dujarri spoke for the New York Times, saying that he thinks "the main message is that all member states have a duty and responsibility to comply with the sanctions that are in place ".

Syria signed up to the worldwide ban on chemical weapons in 2013, as part of a deal brokered by Moscow to avert U.S. air strikes in retaliation for a nerve gas attack that killed hundreds of people, which Washington blamed on Damascus.

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"As we have clearly said several times, our republic does not develop, produce and stockpile chemical weapons and opposes chemical weapons themselves", the spokesman said, via KCNA.

Local investigators found that Kim Jong Nam's face was smeared with VX by two women at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and several North Korean nationals were implicated in the case, though they managed to leave the country before they were arrested.

Experts say that North Korea has long offered military supplies and armaments around the world in exchange for cash.

Experts said the death of Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur airport on February 13 previous year is the only confirmed North Korean use of chemical weapon agents.

North Korean technicians continue to operate at chemical weapons and missile facilities in the war-ravaged Mid-east nation, according to details of the report obtained by The Associated Press.

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