N. Korea denies Syria chemical weapons claim

  • N. Korea denies Syria chemical weapons claim

N. Korea denies Syria chemical weapons claim

The US state department did not provide justification for the finding, but it comes just over one year after Kim Jong Nam died at an worldwide airport in Malaysia in an attack authorities said used VX nerve agent.

North Korea said that the United States had influenced the United Nations Security Council to "cook up the theory of cooperation between North Korea and Syria" in order to impose more sanctions and install a "full-scale sea blockade", and justify an invasion of Syria.

It was posted on the website of the US Federal Register and takes effect on Monday.

In a 2017 report, which is available for the public, the group said it was "investigating the delivery of banned chemical missiles, ballistic missiles and conventional arms " between Syria and North Korea.

"Syria can not possibly be using chemical weapons because it very simply has none in its possession", Aala told the United Nations-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.

North Korea has hit back at claims that it supplied Syria with equipment to manufacture chemical weapons, accusing the United States and the United Nations of "cooking up" allegations as part of the effort to tighten global sanctions on Pyongyang.

"As had been elucidated several times, the DPRK does not have a single record of developing, producing and stockpiling a chemical weapon, and it is opposed to chemical weapon itself", a press release from North Korea's United Nations mission in NY reads.

But Pyongyang is widely suspected of having an arsenal of chemical agents at its disposal, and was accused of using the toxic nerve agent VX to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother, Kim Jong-nam, at an airport in Malaysia a year ago.

The Dong-a Ilbo reported the U.S.is likely to scale up measures to prevent North Korea's illegal trade operations, quoting a US government official who said there's a high chance Washington will impose additional sanctions on vessels entering and leaving African ports.