N. Korea shipped missile parts to Syria: Japanese media
TOKYO (AFP) - North Korea tried to export ballistic missile parts to Syria in May in violation of United Nations (UN) sanctions, Japanese media said on Wednesday, citing diplomats who have seen a classified UN report.
South Korean authorities inspected North Korean cargo bound for Syria and confiscated hundreds of cylinders that could be used to build the weapons, the Asahi Shimbun said.
In June, Seoul reported the discovery to the UN's North Korea sanctions committee, which then dispatched experts to South Korea to inspect the materials, the liberal daily said.
If confirmed, the reported action shows Pyongyang violated UN bans on trading military- and weapons-related materials, imposed successively since 2006 after nuclear tests by the secretive regime.