North Korea is behind the Syrian regime’s chemical arsenal as two Pyongyang shipments have been intercepted on their way to Damascus in the last six-months, a United Nations report has revealed.
The report was presented to the UN Security Council by the UN’s ‘Panel of Experts’ on North Korea, did not detail when or where the interdictions occurred or what the shipments contained.
North Korea has a sizeable deadly stockpile of chemical weapons and North Korea is not a signatory to the international Chemical Weapons Convention. It has been producing chemical weapons since the 1980s and is now estimated to have as many as 5,000 tons, according to a biennial South Korean defense white paper.
North Korean leader’s half brother, Kim Jong Nam was killed at the Kuala Lumpur airport on Feb. 13.Malaysian police, in their investigations it was found that a chemical weapon the toxic VX nerve agent was used to kill the estranged half brother of Kim.
Pyongyang’s stockpile, one of the world’s largest, reportedly has 25 types of agents, including sarin, mustard, tabun and hydrogen cyanide. North Korea also has 12-13 types of biological weapons, which are meant to attack South Korean and US troops in case of another war.
When Syria declared its chemical stockpile to the OPCW in 2013.
Apart from chemical weapons,North Korea leader Kim Jong-un has ordered his military to produce solid-fuel engines and ICBM warheads, thus bolstering the country’s ballistic missile programme.
The photos of Kim visiting to the institute were also released by North’s official Korean Central News Agency, which showed a conceptual diagram for a missile called the Pukguksong-3 which appears to be the latest in its Pukguksong, or Polaris, series. It was identified as an “underwater strategic ballistic missile,” indicating that it would have a longer range than the Pukguksong-1.
Kim gave his instructions to produce “solid-fuel ballistic missile”, during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science, the North’s official Korean Central News Agency said.
“He instructed the institute to produce more solid-fuel rocket engines and rocket warhead tips i.e. ICBM nose cones by further expanding engine production process and the production capacity of rocket warhead tips and engine jets,” the news agency said of the visit.
Unlike liquid-fuel rockets, solid-fuel missiles do not have to be loaded with fuel just before launching, a process that can take up to an hour and make the missile vulnerable to a pre-emptive strike.
The Kim Jong-un’s news was released just hours after as U.S. President Donald Trump announced that Kim has started respecting us during a rally at Pheonix, Arizona
It appears that the North is trying to tell the world that its re-entry in solid-fuel technologies are no longer experimental but have reached the stage of mass production.