N Korea suspected of Syria arms shipment
Pyongyang investigated after South Korea seized Chinese ship reportedly carrying missile parts to Assad regime.
Published On 14 Nov 2012
North Korea is suspected of using a Chinese ship to try to illegally send missile parts to Syria, where the government of President Bashar al-Assad is accused of war crimes in its bid to crush a 20-month uprising.
The allegations came after South Korea seized a ship that reportedly carried graphite cylinders that could be used to create rockets in May, according to reported leaks by UN diplomats.
The reports have put pressure on China – cited in leaks from the UN as the main hub for North Korea’s illegal arms trade – to investigate the accusation.
Al Jazeera’s Harry Fawcett reports from Seoul, South Korea’s capital.
Source: Al Jazeera