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US Concerned NKorea Aiding Syria in Chemical, Nuclear Weapons

US Concerned NKorea Aiding Syria in Chemical, Nuclear Weapons
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By    |   Wednesday, 14 March 2018 04:11 PM

The United States is monitoring indications that North Korea is nearing completion of a large underground military base in Syria that could be used for nuclear-related work, as well as helping the regime of Bashar Assad rebuild its chemical weapons factories, The Washington Free Beacon reported on Wednesday.

Satellite images of the base available on the internet appear to indicate that only a small part of the facility is visible from above ground.

"We are aware of reports regarding possible DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] assistance to Syria to rebuild its chemical weapons capabilities," a State Department official told the Free Beacon. "We take these allegations very seriously, and we are working assiduously to prevent the Assad regime from obtaining material and equipment to support its chemical weapons program."

The official added that the Trump administration is making efforts to prevent Pyongyang from creating a more dangerous situation in Syria.

Last month a United Nations report by experts indicated that North Korea has been sending supplies to Syria that could be used to produce chemical weapons, according to CNN.

The U.N. study was released just a few days after the Assad regime was accused of using chlorine gas in an attack on Eastern Ghouta, which is near Damascus.

The report also stated that missile experts from Pyongyang visited Syria in 2016 and 2017, after the supplies had been sent and that scientists from North Korea may still be operating in Syrian military facilities.

These reports have heightened American concerns about Pyongyang at a time when the Trump administration is pursuing diplomatic negotiations with North Korea regarding its nuclear weapons program.

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