N. Korea Tried to Ship Gas Masks to Syria: Report
Turkey intercepted them, says Japan newspaper
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2013 7:25 PM CDT
In this July 27, 2013, photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves to Korean War veterans.   (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, File)

(Newser) – One of the world's veteran pariah nations reportedly tried to help out one of its newer ones: A Japanese newspaper says North Korea got caught trying to ship gas masks to Syria this spring. The report in the Sankei Shimbun says Turkish officials acting on a tip from the US stopped a ship from North Korea, seizing the gas masks along with arms and ammunition, according to the Japan Times. The apparent plan was to unload the cargo in Turkey, then transport it over land to Bashar al-Assad's army. The revelation (based on anonymous sources) comes as the US weighs military action over Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons.

"There is a long-term relationship between North Korea and Syria, similar to the agreement with Iran, on nuclear and conventional weapons," an expert at the Asia Strategy Institute in Seoul tells the LA Times. “I don’t see any signs that it has diminished.” If confirmed, the report would put Pyongyang in violation of UN sanctions that prohibit the sale of its weapons. It also would add further weight to assertions that Assad planned to use poison gas.

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Aug 28, 2013 11:33 AM CDT
Hitler would be so proud of the US, so why are zionist jewish bankers leadind the charge, who owns our federal reserve bank.
Aug 28, 2013 5:46 AM CDT
I am sure more tidbits of BS secrets will flow to get the US war machine pumped & ready to blow $hit UP! All I can say is keep your dogs on a lease or the West will put them down!!!
Aug 28, 2013 3:19 AM CDT
Who considers gas masks to be weapons?