Senators Call For Action To Halt North Korea-Syria Chemical Weapons Coordination
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA), David Perdue (R-Ga.), John Cornyn (R-Tx.), Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), Cory Gardner (R-Co.), Orrin Hatch (R-Ut.), John Kennedy (R-La.), and Mike Lee (R-Ut.) are asking the Trump Administration to stop a Syria-North Korea sanctions evasion scheme and North Korean efforts to advance Syria's chemical weapons technology.
"We write to you to express our deep concern regarding a recent United Nations Panel of Experts report that connects North Korea to the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons against its own people, and exposes North Korean sanctions evasion involving Russia and China," wrote the senators. "According to the report, North Korea supplied Syrian President Assad with acid-resistant tiles, valves and thermometers, all of which are known elements used in construction of chemical weapons factories. It also uncovered that North Korean technicians have been working at known chemical weapons and missile facilities inside Syria. These findings demonstrate an elaborate and alarming military-venture between rogue, tyrannical states to avoid United States and international sanctions and inflict terror and death upon thousands of innocent people."
"It is imperative that the United States provides a swift and appropriate response to the continued use of chemical weapons used by President Assad and his forces, and works to address the shortcomings in sanctions enforcement," continued the senators. "We have seen firsthand the utter failure of tough talk, followed by hollow action, which the Obama Administration employed to combat the Assad regime."
View the full letter here.