I have posted before about North Korea’s involvement in the conflict in Syria and now Gordon Chang has a good article that shows how the North is responsible for Syria’s chemical weapons:
One week ago, Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons on his own people in Ghouta, near Damascus. Doctors Without Borders put the death toll at 355, with another 3,600 showing “neurotoxic symptoms.”
Where did the Syrian regime get its large stores of chemical weapons? There are many sources spread across the world, but the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea seems to be Assad’s main supplier. Moreover, North Korea’s ally, China, looks like it also has had some role in the deadly trade, at least behind the scenes. The international community needs to begin asking questions of both Pyongyang and Beijing.
Syria’s program is by no means homegrown. North Korea built at least two chemical weapons factories in Syria, according to Bruce Bechtol, the author of a trilogy of books on the North’s military and its proliferation activities.
Pyongyang is also providing “after-sales services” to Assad, even putting its personnel close to the front lines. North Korean officers, for instance, have been spotted around Aleppo. The location is significant because in mid-March allegations of chemical weapons use near that northern city surfaced.
Pyongyang has been sending chemical weapons experts to Syria since the mid-1990s. [World Affairs Journal]
You can read the rest at the link but let’s also not forget North Korea’s involvement in constructing the nuclear reactor in Syria that the Israelis bombed in 2007. Lets also not forget the chemical weapons components that North Korea was caught smuggling in 2009 to Syria.
The Marmot’s Hole also has a posting about North Korea’s chemical weapons as well.