UN: Shipments from North Korea to Syrian chemical weapons authority interdicted

UN: Shipments from North Korea to Syrian chemical weapons authority interdicted

[Ed. – Facilitation of this is more likely to be by Iran, or possibly Russia, than by China.  That said, China is undoubtedly aware of the activity.  Since the relaxation of sanctions, Iran is in a much better position to assist with covert movements like this.  The “two member states” could be in South or Southeast Asia, or possibly the Horn of Africa — anywhere a ship carrying cargo from North Korea might make a pitstop.]

Two North Korean shipments to a Syrian government agency responsible for the country’s chemical weapons program were intercepted in the past six months, according to a confidential United Nations report on North Korea sanctions violations.

The report by a panel of independent U.N. experts, which was submitted to the U.N. Security Council earlier this month and seen by Reuters on Monday, gave no details on when or where the interdictions occurred or what the shipments contained. …

“Two member states interdicted shipments destined for Syria. Another Member state informed the panel that it had reasons to believe that the goods were part of a KOMID contract with Syria,” according to the report.

KOMID is the Korea Mining Development Trading Corporation. It was blacklisted by the Security Council in 2009 and described as Pyongyang’s key arms dealer and exporter of equipment related to ballistic missiles and conventional weapons. In March 2016 the council also blacklisted two KOMID representatives in Syria.

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