Skip to comments.How North Korea Proliferates to Iran and Syria
Posted on 06/10/2018 11:46:16 AM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege
International attention in recent years has understandably centered on Pyongyangs advances in nuclear weapons technology and the question of whether North Korea can be convinced to denuclearize. This focus, however, has tended to obscure the fact that North Koreas military development serves two purposes. The first is the ability to intimidate and threaten both its neighbors in the region and the United States. The second, less well-known purpose is to proliferate weaponsconventional, unconventional, and weapons of mass destructionto desperate and unstable regions around the world in exchange for hard currency.
Some have said that North Koreas proliferation of nuclear weapons technology to other rogue states represents a redline, but that bridge has already been crossed.
For decades, North Korea has proliferated weapons, including conventional arms, ballistic missiles, and chemical agents, to states such as Iran and Syria (and by extension to their nonstate proxies), helping them to evade international sanctions and providing them with the necessary technical and military assistance to develop their own weapons programs.
Perhaps the most visible instance of North Korean proliferation can be seen in Syria, where the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, largely financed by his patrons in Tehran, has purchased and deployed North Korean weapons against his own people throughout the course of the countrys seven-year civil war.
North Korea has used a variety of tricks to make these sales in the face of international sanctions. Pyongyang has used sealed diplomatic shipments, which are normally not inspected, and foreign front companies to avoid interdiction. The Panel of Experts report identified 39 shipments from North Korea to Syria between 2012 and 2017, most of them sending arms, including chemical weapons.
North Koreas best customer, however, is not Syria but Iran...
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It’s from the Council on Foreign Relations, which means both the timing and contents ought to be viewed as sinister.
Transfer of fissile material or worst case nuclear bombs to Syria or Iran at this point is certainly not out of the realm of possibilities. they are pretty desperate for cash at the moment and Assad has a scheduled meeting with Rocketman in the weeks ahead.
Iran and North Korea colluding. I’d be shocked. /sarc
Bingo. The Assad family's personal, not just political relationship to the Kim dynasty goes back generations. There even a recently dedicated park and monument named for Kim Il-Sung in Damascus.
Also interesting how geopolitics comes full circle after President Trump took Bashar Al-Assad to task last April for his chemical weapons programs. North Korea likely provided some of those.
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