UN Report: N. Korea sending “illicit” material to Syria

Feb 28, 2018, 6:09 AM EST
The Syrian regime has been repeatedly accused of targeting rebel-held areas with chemical weapons.
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An unreleased report by a panel of experts overseeing sanctions against North Korea has accused the Asian state of sending more than 40 banned items to Syria’s missile and chemical weapon factories in the five years from 2012-17.

The revelation comes in the backdrop of reports claiming that the Syrian regime launched a chemical attack in the rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta last week, writes the BBC.

The confidential report claims that the Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC) - a Syrian government agency – paid North Korea via front companies. The 200-page report, due to be released in mid-March, cites two unnamed U.N. member states that intercepted ships headed for Syria, notes The Guardian.