A group of experts from the United Nations has warned on Tuesday that there is a link between the chemical weapons program of the government of Syrian President Bashar al Assad and the North Korean authorities.
According to a report to which the American newspaper ‘The New York Times’ has had access, Pyongyang would have sent supplies to Syria that could have facilitated the production of chemical weapons later used in the framework of the war.
Evidence of that connection has been revealed after the United States, as well as other countries, accused the Syrian government of using chemical weapons on civilians in various attacks, including those that have recently taken place in East Ghuta, where Syrian forces would have used Chlorine gas.
North Korean supplies would include acid-resistant tiles, thermometers and valves, as noted by some UN researchers, who said they have observed several North Korean missile technicians in Syrian chemical weapons facilities.
The report presented by United Nations experts highlights the possible dangers posed by trade between Syria and North Korea, which could allow the Al Assad government to maintain its chemical arsenal while Pyongyang gets money to finance its ballistic and nuclear programs.
The components of the alleged chemical weapons would be part of the nearly 40 unregistered shipments that North Korea would have carried out between 2012 and 2017 and that would include materials that could be used for military and civilian purposes, according to the document.