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Report: NKorea discussed chemical arms technology with Syria(mount chem warhead on missiles)
AP ^ | 11/26/07

Posted on 11/26/2007 5:27:31 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster

Report: NKorea discussed chemical arms technology with Syria

AP - Monday, November 26

TOKYO - North Korean experts discussed how to load chemical weapons onto missiles when they met with officials in Syria during a secret visit to the country earlier this month, a Japanese newspaper said Monday.

Damascus invited the experts for their advice as part of Syria's drive to develop its short-range "Scud C" missiles, the conservative Sankei newspaper said, citing unidentified individuals familiar with Middle East affairs.

The testing has been halted since July after one of the surface-to-surface missiles exploded at a military complex near the northern city of Aleppo, the Sankei said in its Washington-datelined story.

The explosion took place at the site of a joint Iranian/Syrian project to fit short-range ballistic missiles with chemical warheads, according to Jane's Defense Weekly. Jane's cited Syrian defense sources as saying it happened during a test to fit a Scud C missile with a mustard-gas warhead when fuel caught fire at the production site.

The North Koreans gave the Syrians advice on using chemical weapon warheads during discussions on safety procedures and related matters, the Sankei said.

Western experts believe Syria has a stock of chemical weapons. However, Damascus has never acknowledged it has any weapons of mass destruction and has publicly called for ridding the Middle East of any such weapons.

North Korea, which has provided Syria with missile technology and support since the 1980s, has rebuffed all overtures to sign an international treaty banning chemical weapons.

Earlier this year, Israel launched an airstrike against a Syrian military installation that reportedly was a nuclear facility made with North Korean help.

Damascus denies it has an undeclared nuclear program, and North Korea has said it was not involved in any Syrian nuclear project.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: chemicalweapon; dprk; korea; missile; northkorea; syria

1 posted on 11/26/2007 5:27:34 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo; Steel Wolf; nuconvert; MizSterious; nw_arizona_granny; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 11/26/2007 5:28:13 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

The AP is unreliable. The story is mostly a rehash of old FR threads


3 posted on 11/26/2007 5:30:35 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Moveon is not us...... Moveon is the enemy)
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To: bert
It is actually from Sankei Shimbun, which is quoted by AP.
4 posted on 11/26/2007 5:33:47 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

love to see syria launch a few chemicals at Israel.
Just to see the response.


5 posted on 11/26/2007 5:36:39 AM PST by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: Joe Boucher
Well, judging from the way things are going, Syrians could actually go ahead with it one of these days. Love to see how Israeli bleeding-heart Greenpeace liberals would feel about it.
6 posted on 11/26/2007 5:42:53 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
No way! NK is fast becoming one of our best buds!

Just ask the State Dept.

7 posted on 11/26/2007 5:44:25 AM PST by AU72
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To: TigerLikesRooster; All

Meanwhile Bush and Condi have their negotiators trying to figure out how to make their “sows ear” attempt to keep the North Korean regime from imploding look like a “silk purse” of peaceful coexistence.


8 posted on 11/26/2007 6:58:45 AM PST by Wuli
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To: Wuli
Yep, implosion at this time would be heart-breaking for them, to say the least.

They worked so hard to set the date for their celebration and photo-op but their partner(Chia Head) dies on them. Imagine that! LOL.

9 posted on 11/26/2007 7:04:59 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
but their partner(Chia Head) dies on them

????

10 posted on 11/26/2007 7:17:16 AM PST by r9etb
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To: r9etb
Clarification:I was talking about a hypothetical case where Kim Jong-il dies before the signing ceremony with Bush/Condi and the regime implodes. There goes a diplomatic legacy, if it happens.
11 posted on 11/26/2007 7:26:13 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: TigerLikesRooster; milford421; DAVEY CROCKETT; Founding Father; Calpernia; Velveeta

Ping.


12 posted on 11/26/2007 12:29:02 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (This is "Be an Angel Day", do something nice for someone today.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

So, will this interfere with taking them off the terrorist list?


13 posted on 11/26/2007 3:48:18 PM PST by nuconvert ("Terrorism is not the enemy. It is a means to the ends of militant Islamism." MZJ)
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To: Wuli
I am glad the word is getting out on FR and elsewhere about two things.

1) North Korea continues to be ROTTEN under Kim Jong il. Nothing has changed.

2) The New Bush Administration policy of "Appeasement" (not just with North Korea), replacing "Axis of Evil" and economic strangulation with threats of deep, bunker busting military strikes against the DPRK, SUCKS.

14 posted on 11/26/2007 4:08:29 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (McCain? Giuliani? Huckabee? Paul? As the Nominee? Then AiT Takes a Hike: 3rd Party Conservative)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Bush/Condi signing a Peace Agreement with fat boy Kim Jong Nam or fag boy Kim Jong Chol instead just....doesnt....quite....have....the same PUNCH!

(Maybe they could do it before the huge statute of Kim il Sung on Mansudae Hill, though.)

15 posted on 11/26/2007 4:19:23 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (McCain? Giuliani? Huckabee? Paul? As the Nominee? Then AiT Takes a Hike: 3rd Party Conservative)
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To: nuconvert

Do chickens have lips??


16 posted on 11/26/2007 4:19:46 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (McCain? Giuliani? Huckabee? Paul? As the Nominee? Then AiT Takes a Hike: 3rd Party Conservative)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Man, I don't know if that would be where I'd get my missile advice. The North Koreans shoot at the ocean and miss.

This isn't literally a SCUD as we used to term them in NATO nomenclature, but one of several types resembling a SCUD in that you fire them and wherever they run out of fuel, they drop. If you're launching a zillion of them at a time at an artillery target that's not a big deal. If you're launching a few of them with poison gas aboard...well, call me silly but I'd sort of like to know where they're going to come down.

17 posted on 11/26/2007 4:24:46 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: AmericanInTokyo

GW Bush is currently, and maybe irrevocably, infected with the Clinton disease, from which the infected President can toss aside principles, including their own, and long-term interests, including the nation’s on the narcissistic notion that their personal legacy is a higher priority than those things.

The first loss that occurs with this disease is that mere diplomacy on its own, stripped of external objectives, and agreements derived from such self-contained “diplomacy”, are found to be self-contained desirable objectives, in their own right, as if the actual objectives to which they must be subservient no longer matter. Any “diplomacy” and any so-called “agreement” derived from it is considered an improvement over the admission of a greater truth that our core intentions and objectives are not compatible. These are the kind of agreements from which the impetus for war is readily resurrected because they are divorced from the objectives needed to prevent it.

North Korea has conducted nuclear blackmail, not with intentions to attack South Korea, which they know would result in their own total annihilation, but from which to obtain, through geopolitical blackmail, the financial assistance to prevent the regime’s implosion. The Carter/Clinton /Halfbright deal of the 1990s saved the regime from imploding then with the assistance it provided, and now Bush is, in reality, in the process of an effort from which the greatest result will be the same - propping up (preventing the wholesale failure of) the North Korean regime. In terms of its ability to both sustain its supposed nuclear ambitions, or even just its military position itself, and to survive it is in a much more destitute and precarious position than has been any communist regime that failed before it.

The idea that without “an agreement” the North will, and will be able to, mount a sustainable attack on the south (where would it get the fuel alone) is a less likely proposition than was the ability to survive of Saddam’s military machine. The insane leaders of the north are not counting on a belief in their military capabilities except that we should have an inflated sense of such a belief and an inflated sense that they would attempt to employ them.

They must obtain U.S. full diplomatic recognition, including complete ease of US-North Korean as well as South Korean-North Korean economic intercourse and all that comes with it or they will implode. We need to let them implode, not save them, because after all those gifts they will remain as governmentally unchanged as they have been since the origins of the regime.

The one thing that Gorbachev realized towards the end of his negotiations with Reagan was that without what would later become Glasnost and Perestroika, there would be no agreement with Reagan. From all anyone has learned so far, GWB seeks only for the means from which saving the North Korean regime from its own suicidal demise can be explained away as a “victory”, for his legacy. Reagan he is not.


18 posted on 11/26/2007 5:01:48 PM PST by Wuli
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Tiger, check this out.

This poster (Wuli) is absolutely BRILLIANT.

19 posted on 11/26/2007 5:49:49 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (McCain? Giuliani? Huckabee? Paul? As the Nominee? Then AiT Takes a Hike: 3rd Party Conservative)
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To: Wuli
Bookmarked.

Because you deserve it for your excellent analysis of the current dire situation.

20 posted on 11/26/2007 5:52:30 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (McCain? Giuliani? Huckabee? Paul? As the Nominee? Then AiT Takes a Hike: 3rd Party Conservative)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

see also: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1930895/posts

a must read for what else is deathly wrong about our current “negotiations” with the Kims.


21 posted on 11/26/2007 6:37:59 PM PST by Wuli
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To: Wuli
Meanwhile, check out how he tells off appeasers in the U.K., just recently, as reported by the BBC:

...Meanwhile, John Bolton, a former US ambassador known for his extreme neocon views, launched a vitriolic attack on the archbishop and all critics of the US-led war on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme. He called (liberal Anglican leader) Dr Williams' comments "incoherent", said that there "was a good reason that the Anglican church does not declare its leaders infallible" and invited the archbishop to "concentrate on his day job". Mr Bolton had been given the opportunity to plug his new book on Iraq and related issues. Unchallenged by any opposing viewpoint, he called for the selective bombing of Iran over the nuclear installations row.

LOL!

22 posted on 11/26/2007 6:42:15 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (McCain? Giuliani? Huckabee? Paul? As the Nominee? Then AiT Takes a Hike: 3rd Party Conservative)
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To: Wuli
An excellent comment.
23 posted on 11/26/2007 7:52:59 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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