North Korea denies chemical weapons link with Syria

A North Korean flag is seen hanging on a building at the Winter Olympics athletes village in Gangneung, South Korea, February 8, 2018. Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters Pyongyang, North Korea Mar 02, 2018, 01.21 AM (IST)

North Korea denied reports it had cooperated with Syria on chemical weapons, dismissing them as a fabrication by the United States to pressure the country, state media reported late Thursday (March 1).

The state-run television KRT cited a spokesman at the foreign ministry's research institute of American studies arguing that the United States made a "nonsensical argument" that it helped Syria produce chemical weapons.

"As we have clearly said several times, our republic does not develop, produce and stockpile chemical weapons and opposes chemical weapons themselves," KRT quoted its foreign ministry.

Two North Korean shipments to a Syrian government agency responsible for the country's chemical weapons program were intercepted in the past six months, according to a confidential U.N. report on North Korea sanctions violations.