A publicly available report, which came out in September 2017, said a group is “investigating reported prohibited chemical, ballistic missile and conventional arms cooperation” between Syria and North Korea.
Korea is under vigilance by worldwide bodies for the nuclear program. It is unclear when, or even whether, the report will be released.
“Syria can not possibly be using chemical weapons because it very simply has none in its possession”, Aala told the United Nations-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.
In his address to the UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, Aala also denounced the use of chemical weapons anywhere.
The intelligence source told the BBC, the Syrian government’s allies, Iran and Russian Federation, are well aware of the manufacturing of chemical weapons at these facilities.
This comes after the world’s chemical weapons watchdog in the Hague opened an investigation on Sunday into attacks in the besieged rebel-held Syrian region of Eastern Ghouta.
In addition to the methods identified by the United Nations panel, North Korea sends its illegal exports on ships flagged by different countries, which acquire new names, new (fraudulent) registrations, and new shell-company owners, Bloomberg Politics reports.
The report also noted that there are North Korean missile specialists that have been seen at Syria’s chemical weapons manufacturing centers and missile facilities.
It quoted Syria’s reply to the panel about the reports: “There are no [North Korean] technical companies in Syria and the only presence of some [North Korean] individuals are confined in the field of sports under private individual contracts for training athletics and gymnastics”.
The diplomat was reading from a report compiled by a United Nations panel of experts from an investigation conducted on North Korea.
Although experts, who read the report, said that the evidence it cited did not prove conclusively that there was ongoing and continuous cooperation between North Korea and Syria on chemical weapons, they said it did deliver the most detailed account to date of the two countries’ efforts to evade sanctions meant to restrain their military expansion.
North Korea is under heavy global and USA sanctions for its development of nuclear weapons and a missile system that could deliver a warhead to much of the globe.
In this image made from video by North Korea’s KRT, a military parade is held in Pyongyang, North Korea Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018.
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”.
A Western diplomat familiar with the report told the Post, “We’ve known about this activity for a long time, but the report shows that it’s bigger than we knew”.