Syria condemns any use of chemical weapons, says it has…

Syria condemns any use of chemical weapons, says it has…

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 worldwide sanctions on Pyongyang. According to this report, about 40 unregistered shipments were sent between 2012 and 2017. The materials supplied include acid-resistant tiles, corrosion-resistant valves and pipes.

Activists blamed the government and artillery airstrikes, while Russian Federation said that the rebels had shelled a "humanitarian corridor" not allowing the civilians to leave.

North Korea denied it was cooperating with Syria on chemical weapons.

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.

Stéphane Dujarri spoke for the New York Times, saying that he thinks "the main message is that all member states have a duty and responsibility to comply with the sanctions that are in place ".

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Despite the denials, North Korea remains one of the only countries not signed to the Chemical Weapons Convention which outlaws the production, stockpiling, and use of chemical weapons.

Commenting on the reports, US Department of Defense spokesperson Dana White said the United States "had not seen any evidence yet" of the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Government in Eastern Ghouta. The Syrian government told the United Nations panel, that only the North Koreans who are present in Syria are sports coaches and athletes.

Experts said the death of Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur airport on February 13 past year is the only confirmed North Korean use of chemical weapon agents.

Damascus, for its part, has repeatedly denied allegations of having used or planning to use chemical weapons in the warfare, explaining that the country had none in its possession.