Two shipments from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to the Syrian governmental agency behind its chemical weapons program were intercepted in recent months; raising serious concerns among US officials over the level of cooperation between the two rogue nations.
According to a recently released UN report, the shipments were related to KOMID, a North Korean mining corporation placed on a UN Security Council ‘blacklist’ back in 2009.
Member nations believe KOMID is Kim’s major arms dealer and weapons manufacturer, supplying arms to North Korea and other organizations.
“Two member states interdicted shipments destined for Syria. Another Member state informed the panel that it had reasons to believe that the goods were part of a KOMID contract with Syria,” reports Reuters.
“The consignees were Syrian entities designated by the European Union and the United States as front companies for Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC), a Syrian entity identified by the Panel as cooperating with KOMID in previous prohibited item transfers,” said the UN report.
Military experts believe North Korea may be supporting and offering technical guidance for Syria’s SCUD missile program, its air defenses, and possibly its chemical weapons programs. Tensions between North Korea and members of the UN security council are an all-time high, following punishing sanctions imposed on Kim Jong Un by the organization in recent weeks.