Israel says N-Korea shipping WMDs to Syria
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Tuesday accused nuclear power North Korea of supplying Syria with weapons of mass destruction.
Jerusalem: Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor
Lieberman on Tuesday accused nuclear power North Korea of supplying
Syria with weapons of mass destruction.
Lieberman`s office quoted him as telling Japanese Prime
Minister Yukio Hatoyama at a meeting in Tokyo that such
activity threatened to destabilise east Asia as well as the
"The cooperation between Syria and North Korea is not
focused on economic development and growth but rather on
weapons of mass destruction" Lieberman said.
In evidence he cited the December 2009 seizure at Bangkok
airport of an illicit North Korean arms shipment which US
intelligence said was bound for an unnamed Middle East
Lieberman said Syria intended to pass the weapons on to
the Lebanese Hezbollah militia and to the Islamic Hamas
movement, which rules Gaza and has its political headquarters
"This cooperation endangers stability in both southeast
Asia and also in the Middle East and is against all the
accepted norms in the international arena," Lieberman was
quoted as telling Hatoyama.
Thai officials at the time said that acting on a tipoff
from Washington they confiscated about 30 tonnes of missiles,
rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons when the North
Korean plane landed for refuelling in Bangkok.
Israel has accused North Korea in the past of
transferring nuclear technology to Syria, which is technically
in a state of war with the neighbouring Jewish state, although
the two last fought openly in 1973.
Britain`s Sunday Times newspaper reported in 2007 that
Israel seized North Korean nuclear material in a commando raid
on a secret military site in Syria and then destroyed the site
in an air attack.
Syria denied the report.
The communist regime in North Korea has denied
collaborating on nuclear activity with Syria, while Israel has
maintained an official silence on the reported September 2007
raid and strike.