It appears that the North Koreans are trying to help out their good buddies from the Assad regime in Syria:
North Korea requested permission from Iraq this week to fly a plane through its airspace to Syria, an adviser to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told CNN on Friday.
Al-Maliki rejected the request out of suspicion the plane would be carrying weapons, said adviser Ali al-Mousawi.
The prime minister talked by phone with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Friday afternoon, officials said.
Biden asked Iraq for help in stopping weapons from reaching Syria, according to a statement released by his office, and stressed to the Iraqi prime minister “the need to prevent any state from taking advantage of Iraq’s territory or airspace to send weapons to Syria.”
Al-Maliki “expressed the Iraqi government’s discomfort with some informal U.S parties of stirring suspicions about Iraq’s position toward the Syrian crisis,” and that Iraq has held a “firm position in rejecting any weapon supplies or violent activity over Iraq’s territories or its airspaces,” according to a release from his office.
“Al-Maliki reiterated the position of the Iraqi government based on the need to find a peaceful political solution for the Syrian crisis and its rejection to supply ammunitions to any party involved in the Syrian conflicts,” the release said.
Since the Iranians are already flying planes across Iraq into Syria to likely supply them with weapons, I guess the North Koreans will just have to offload their weapons in Iran for shipment instead. ROK Drop readers may remember that North Korea has been linked in the past to smuggling chemical weapons components, missile components, conventional arms, and building the Syrians a nuclear reactor that was bombed by the Israelis in the past.