North Korea tried to export gas masks to Syria: Media
TOKYO (AFP) - North Korea tried to export gas masks to Syria but they were seized in Turkey along with arms and ammunition, a Japanese daily said on Tuesday, as the US threatened action over an alleged chemical weapons attack.
A Libyan-registered vessel, identified as Al En Ti Sar, left North Korea for Syria earlier this year with the consignment, the Sankei Shimbun said, quoting unnamed sources from the US military, Japanese and South Korean intelligence.
The US military, which obtained the information, was tracking the ship in coordination with other countries, the daily - which is known for its North Korea coverage - said in a detailed report.
The vessel sailed through Dardanelles in Turkey on April 3 and was searched shortly after by Turkish authorities, who had been tipped off by the US.